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core group counseling skills african american cgwsi ic

Exploration of African-American Counselor-in-Training Group Core Skills: Importance and Confidence Level

Levette S. Scott , Mahmud Mansaray , Jennifer C. Barrow , Kyla Marie Sawyer-Kurian , Suzan Z. Wasik , Elizabeth Ghekier

This study explored through applied statistics the importance and confidence levels of African American counselors-in-training core group counseling s.

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This study explored through applied statistics the importance and confidence levels of African American counselors-in-training core group counseling skills while at the same determining the difference among their colleagues of different ethnic backgrounds. The purpose of this study was to assess core group counseling skills while at the same determining the difference among their colleagues of differing ethnic backgrounds. Participants were sixty-eight counselors-in-training enrolled in a Group Counseling Course in the spring of 2015 and fall of 2016.  Of the sixty-eight participants 38 (55.88%) African Americans and 27 (39.71%) White/Caucasian had an opportunity to complete the Core Group Work Skills Inventory - Importance and Confidence (CGWSI-IC) as an extra credit assignment pre- and post their group counseling facilitation experience.  Results suggest African American participants had confidence in determining their effectiveness as group members or leaders. A significant difference and a very large effect between pre-test and post-test of African American counselor-in-training importance level of the individual behavioral items in the CGWSI-IC items were seen. Implications for specific training for African Americans in group counseling for core group counseling skills should be examined.

Keywords: Core group counseling skills, African-American, CGWSI-IC.

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