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Counselor Education and Supervision


Ithuriel Gale


College counselors provide individual and group counseling, consultation and educational outreach services, and supervision for counseling interns as well as serving on committees. As a result, college counselors are at risk of burnout, which could affect self-efficacy. The purpose of this quantitative study was to assess the roles of emotional intelligence, spiritual intelligence, psychological ownership, burnout, and well-being in predicting counseling self-efficacy of college counselors, as emotional intelligence, spiritual intelligence, and psychological ownership have been shown to reduce burnout by enhancing well-being. Using Neuman’s system model as a theoretical guide, this study used a quantitative approach using a cross-sectional survey methodology for data collection, and correlational design with multiple regression for data analysis. Participants were recruited using email listservs from various organizations and social media announcements aimed at counselors practicing on college campuses. 143 respondents were measured using the TEIQue-SF, SISRI 24, Psychological Ownership Scale, Counselor Burnout Scale, the sub-scale Well-being from the TEIQue-SF, and CASES. The results of this study affirmed that emotional intelligence positively influenced college counselors’ self-efficacy and well-being while negatively influencing burnout. This study provides data on burnout and well-being in college counselors that can be used to inform administrators in higher education on how to improve counselor self-efficacy and reduce potential for burnout. This study has potential for social change by emphasizing the benefits of emotional intelligence in college counseling and the need to support development of emotional intelligence in counselor trainees.