Journal of Counselor Preparation and Supervision

Document Type



gatekeeping, psychological safety, counselor educators, counselors-in-training, CES preparation

Subject Area

Clinical Supervision, Counseling, Counselor Education


Using transcendental phenomenology, researchers investigated the gatekeeping experiences of 17 early-career counselor educators working in CACREP programs. Guided by the research question: How do early-career counselor education faculty members perceive their role as a gatekeeper and balance this role, while creating a supportive learning environment for their graduate students? Three primary themes emerged: gatekeeping is challenging, psychological safety is created through intentionality, and gatekeeping and psychological safety interact



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