Journal of Counselor Preparation and Supervision

Document Type

Empirical Research Article


group counseling, counselor education, practicum, experiential learning, Bloom's Taxonomy

Subject Area

Counseling, Counselor Education, Mental Health Counseling


The authors of this study used inductive content analysis to qualitatively explore the group practicum training experiences of clinical mental health counselors who graduated from one CACREP-accredited program. Fifteen participants shared about their firsthand experiences in a required group practicum course and described the ways in which the experience impacted their competence and self-efficacy as counseling professionals and group workers. Five resulting themes highlight the significance and value of practical training experiences dedicated solely to group facilitation. Implications for counselor educators and program accreditors are provided, along with recommendations for future research.



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