Personal growth and awareness of counseling trainees in an experiential group

Melissa Luke, John M. Kiweewa

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This article reports research that utilized a grounded theory methodology to explore the experiences of 14 master's level counselor trainees who participated in an experiential group as part of their counselor education course work. Data were collected through weekly reflection journals. Trainees identified 30 systemically interconnected aspects of their experiential group participation as contributing to their personal growth and awareness. The emergent model is presented and discussed in light of the current literature. Implications for counselor training and future research are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)365-388
Number of pages24
JournalJournal for Specialists in Group Work
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2010


  • Awareness
  • Counselor education
  • Experiential group work
  • Personal growth

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology


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