Journal of Counselor Preparation and Supervision

Document Type

Counselor Education Teaching Idea


case conceptualization, diagnostic skills, cognitive complexity, experiential pedagogy, case-method teaching, counselor education, creative teaching

Subject Area

Counselor Education


A primary purpose of counselor education is the development of competency in diagnosis, case conceptualization, treatment formulation, and intervention. This paper describes a series of experiential case-based workshops designed to directly target and enhance students’ understanding of these specific clinical mental health counseling competencies in order to promote student involvement in constructivist learning, develop students’ cognitive complexity, and elucidate the thinking of an experienced clinician. This paper provides an overview of the workshop design and implementation, discussion of workshop efficacy with examples, and suggestions for curricular implementation.



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