Journal of Counselor Preparation and Supervision

Document Type



Case study, multiple case study, qualitative research, research design, counseling

Subject Area

Counseling, Counselor Education, Higher Education Counseling, Mental Health Counseling, Rehabilitation Counseling, School Counseling


Case study research is a qualitative methodology that allows researchers to explore complex phenomena in a structured way, that is rigorous and provides an enormous amount of depth. Three scholars are credited with major contributions to the case study literature: Merriam (1998), Stake (1995/2006), and Yin (1994). The purpose of this paper is to explore case study design for use in the counseling profession. The authors provide instruction on the case study scholars, data collection, analysis, and reporting for both single and multiple case study research designs. Finally, implications for student counselors, counselor educators, and counseling professionals are provided.



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