This research was made possible through partial funding provided by a grant from the Chi Sigma Iota Counseling Academic and Professional Honor Society International.
Professional Identity Development: A Grounded Theory of Transformational Tasks of Counselors
Version of Record online: 7 JAN 2014
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Journal of Counseling & Development
Volume 92, Issue 1, pages 3–12, January 2014
How to Cite
Moss, J. M., Gibson, D. M. and Dollarhide, C. T. (2014), Professional Identity Development: A Grounded Theory of Transformational Tasks of Counselors. Journal of Counseling & Development, 92: 3–12. doi: 10.1002/j.1556-6676.2014.00124.x
- Issue online: 7 JAN 2014
- Version of Record online: 7 JAN 2014
- Manuscript Accepted: 18 FEB 2013
- Manuscript Revised: 12 FEB 2013
- Manuscript Received: 6 SEP 2012
- professional identity development;
- practicing counselors
The purpose of this qualitative grounded theory study was to investigate practicing counselors' professional identity development at nodal points during their career. Through the use of 6 focus groups of beginning, experienced, and expert counselors, 26 participants shared their experiences, and 6 themes emerged to form a theory of transformational tasks of professional identity development. Through these tasks, counselors encountered issues of idealism toward realism, burnout toward rejuvenation, and compartmentalization toward congruency.