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ISSN : 2233-6710(Print)
ISSN : 2384-2121(Online)
Journal of Asia Pacific Counseling Vol.12 No.1 pp.17-36

Counselors’ Perspectives on Complementary and Alternative Therapies for Children

Shalini Mathew1, Michael Brooks2
1Northern State University
2North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University
Corresponding Author
Shalini Mathew, Millicent Atkins School of Education, Northern State University, 1200 S. Jay St. Aberdeen, SD -57401


There is a growing popularity for complementary and alternative therapies available for families of children with intellectual disabilities. The purpose of this phenomenological study was to examine the perspectives of counselors towards the utilization of complementary and alternative therapies (CAT) for children with intellectual disabilities. The methods used were focus groups, individual interviews, and critical incident responses. Results of this study revealed six themes relating to the perspectives of counselors: confidence in CAT; increased parental involvement in CAT; CAT’s ability to be calming and relaxing; building productive relationships; professional development; and creating a safe space for children with intellectual disabilities. Recommendations for further research and implications for parents of children with intellectual disabilities, along with implications to the field of counselor education and supervision, are discussed.