Exploring the perceptions of Greek counsellors’ and counselling psychologists’ professional identity and training experience, through the lens of the first alumni graduates of a Greek state University

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Christodoulidi, F. and Malikiosi-Loizos, Maria 2019. Exploring the perceptions of Greek counsellors’ and counselling psychologists’ professional identity and training experience, through the lens of the first alumni graduates of a Greek state University. European Journal of Psychotherapy & Counselling. 21 (2), pp. 149-165.
AuthorsChristodoulidi, F. and Malikiosi-Loizos, Maria
Abstract

The field of Counselling as a profession and that of Counselling Psychology is a relatively new and developing discipline in Greece. As in other European countries, it is only in the recent years that this postgraduate training started to be delivered by a state/national University Institution in Greece. The present study focused on attempting to capture the qualitative experience of the first two cohorts of graduates from the 1st postgraduate programme in Counselling and Counselling Psychology delivered by the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens in collaboration with the Democritus University of Thrace. This data was collected via two focused group interviews using a thematic analysis approach which facilitated the immersion of the following main themes: motivating factors (for choosing such discipline), reflections on placements, the role of personal development, the evolving professional identity, issues of professional recognition, opportunities for employment, vision for the future.
In conclusion, the participants expressed the opinion that the provision of such a postgraduate programme by a Greek University was delivered in a rigorous way with high standards and has equipped them with the reflexivity and critical thinking required to build their professional identity and influence the developments still to come.

JournalEuropean Journal of Psychotherapy & Counselling
Journal citation21 (2), pp. 149-165
ISSN1364-2537
Year2019
PublisherTaylor & Francis
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Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1080/13642537.2019.1600566
Web address (URL)https://doi.org/10.1080/13642537.2019.1600566
Publication dates
Online29 Apr 2019
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Deposited22 Jan 2019
Accepted18 Dec 2018
Accepted18 Dec 2018
Copyright information© 2019 Taylor & Francis. This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in European Journal of Psychotherapy & Counselling on 29/04/2019, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/13642537.2019.1600566.
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