Factors Within the Experiential Growth Group Contributing to Cacrep-Students' Perceived Importance of Group Work and Perceived Confidence in Group Skills

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D)



Date of Award

Summer 2020


The purpose of this study was to explore factors within Experiential Growth Groups (EGG) in the group counseling course that influence counselors-in-training (CIT) perceptions on the importance of group counseling and CIT confidence in delivering group work skills. The study examined three factors within EGG: pre-group skills training, participation level, and perception of the group leader as measured by the Group Psychotherapy Intervention Rating Scale (GPIRS). A sample of 61 CIT were recruited via emailed invitations to counseling programs accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP, 2016). Participants answered a survey with demographic questions, the GPIRS, and Core Group Work Skills Inventory–Importance and Confidence (CGWSI-IC). The researcher utilized the CGWSI-IC to examine criterion variables and conducted a multiple regression analysis for each, importance and confidence. The results revealed that neither multiple v regression analyses found a statistically significant result and this was likely the result of a type II error. Implications, limitations, and recommendations for research are included.


Samuel Bore

Subject Categories

Counseling | Social and Behavioral Sciences