Journal of Counselor Preparation and Supervision

Document Type

Empirical Research Article


Counselor, Development, Networks, Qualitative

Subject Area

Clinical Supervision, Counseling, Counselor Education, Mental Health Counseling


As beginning counselors complete graduate school and enter the workplace they often experience a turbulent transition (Moss et al., 2014). Interpersonal relationships play a vital role in counselors’ development during this period of change (Skovholt & Trotter-Mathison, 2011). This qualitative study explored beginning counselors’ perspectives regarding the role of interpersonal relationships in their development. Analysis of interviews with 12 beginning counselors (within two years post-graduation) resulted in five themes: Context of Personal-Professional Identity; Adjustment/Transition; Growth Orientation; Network Organization; and Connective Tissue. Implications suggest educators promote effective developmental relationships and encourage established counseling professionals to foster workplace environments that help beginning counselors navigate the transition.



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