Journal of Counselor Preparation and Supervision

Document Type

Empirical Research Article


gatekeeping, counselor education, supervision, program policy, qualitative research

Subject Area

Clinical Supervision, Counselor Education


The purpose of this qualitative study was to explore the experiences of eleven doctoral students at three CACREP accredited programs to address issues in counselor education and supervision programs and faculty face regarding gatekeeping. The information was used to develop and provide recommendations for gatekeeping procedures that can be implemented at the departmental and classroom levels. Ways programs can improve the training of doctoral students for gatekeeping roles and responsibilities, steps faculty can take to create an environment which supports gatekeeping at their institution, as well as support doctoral students as they grow into future gatekeepers of the profession are discussed.



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