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ISSN : 2233-6710(Print)
ISSN : 2384-2121(Online)
Journal of Asia Pacific Counseling Vol.12 No.2 pp.35-49

Preparing Doctoral Students to Succeed as Counselor Educators: Professional Identity Development

Hongryun Woo1,Chaiqua Harris2, Yoojin Jang3, GoEun Na4, Jungeun Lee5
1Department of Counseling and Human Development, University of Louisville
2Department of Counseling, Rehabilitation, and Psychometric Services, Jackson State Louisville
3Department of Education, Hanyang University
4School of Education, Hunter College
5Department of Psychological, Health, and Learning Sciences, University of Houston
Corresponding Author
Hongryun Woo, Room 326, Woodford R. and Harriett B. Porter Building, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY 40292, USA


The purpose of this study was to explore counselor education doctoral studentsā€™ perceptions of their professional identity development as emerging counselor educators. A qualitative method was utilized with 14 doctoral students enrolled in counselor education programs accredited by CACREP. Participants discussed how they define their identity as counselor educators-in-training, what has influenced their professional identity development, and what is needed to strengthen their professional identity. Implications for counseling faculty and the counseling field are discussed.