Journal of Counselor Preparation and Supervision

Document Type



microskills, reflective journaling, feedback

Subject Area

Clinical Supervision, Counseling, Counselor Education, School Counseling


This study examined the use of reflective journaling in conjunction with role-playing as a tool for the development of microskills. Qualitative data were collected from graduate student trainees' (N = 22) reflective journals. Findings suggest that trainees describe the significant impact reflective practice has had on their self-efficacy, managing difficult emotions, recognizing the complexity of counseling skills, self-evaluation, and the importance of feedback. Implications for using reflective practice as a training tool in graduate-level counseling skill courses and future research are discussed.



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