My name is Amber Khan and I am a PhD student in the Rehabilitation Counseling and Counselor Education program at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. Under the directive of my advisor, Dr. Michael Brooks, we are investigating the promotion of wellness in students in counseling programs. Counselor impairment is an issue that continues to present a problem in the counseling profession. While acknowledgment of this issue is key, gaining more understanding of ways to increase the notion of wellness, especially in counselor education programs housed at HBCU’s is imperative.
In an effort to extend quality research regarding the notion of wellness, we are currently expanding research entitled “Do Counselor Education Programs Promote Wellness in their Students?” (Roach & Young, 2007). One of the suggestions for future research was to extend the study to include more diverse institutions. Our focus is to investigate graduate students engaged in counselor education programs at Historically Black Colleges and Universities wellness over the course of the program.
We are looking at counseling students at three points in their master’s-level counseling program.
- Beginning students (0–12 completed semester hours) those who attended new student orientation or an introduction to counseling course (4 students).
- Students at a midpoint (18–30 completed semester hours) those who were enrolled in practicum classes. (4 students)
- Students at an end point in their training (45–60 hours) those who are enrolled in their internship classes. (5 students)
If you are interested, I am inviting you to participate in the study. The procedure involves completing a survey about personal wellness that will take approximately 20-30minutes. Through your participation we hope to understand if counselors in training achieve wellness through their educational programs. You must be at least 22 years old to participate.
N.C. A&T State University