Cultural Reflexivity in Counselor Professional Identity Development of International Doctoral Students
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D)
Date of Award
International counseling students in the United States come from a variety of different nationalities and cultures. From cultural to individual aspects, the experiences and the development of their identities are complex by nature. This interpretative phenomenological analysis explored the experiences of cultural reflexivity among international counseling students (N=5) that helped them to formulate their sense of counselor professional identity. Four main themes were identified, Unique Cultural Identities, Counseling Around the World, From Cultural Reflection to Cultural Integration, and Empower to Self-Advocacy. This study showed that cultural reflexivity is a common practice within international counseling students (ICS) individual processes, and that cultural integration is an essential aspect of their professional identity development as counselors. Concepts around ICS’ conceptualization of counseling and cultural identity were explored, and applicable implications were provided for counselor education, clinical practice, supervision, and leadership and advocacy.
Counseling | Social and Behavioral Sciences
Teles Oliveira, Joy, "Cultural Reflexivity in Counselor Professional Identity Development of International Doctoral Students" (2022). Electronic Theses & Dissertations. 1033.