Using Multivariate Concept Mapping to Examine Counselor Educators’ Implicit Model of The Profession’s Functions


  • Janee Brooke Both Gragg University of Redlands
  • Rod Goodyear University of Redlands
  • Lawrence Scheier LARS Research Institute Inc.
  • Leslie Krafft University of Redlands


concept mapping, counseling profession, counselor education, counselor identity


This study employed multivariate concept mapping to examine counselor educator’s implicit conceptualizations of their possible professional functions.  It was important as counselor educator’s implicit and explicit understanding of the field affect both the curriculum of counseling programs and the attitudes they convey to their students in the classroom. This approach netted seven discrete clusters of counseling functions. These clusters arrayed on two dimensions that were labeled cognitive versus affective and process focused versus structured interventions.Implications for counselor educators include suggestions for using counselor educator’s implicit maps of the professions many functions to individualize professional socialization, develop professional synergy and build social reciprocity.