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Counselor Education and Supervision


Laura Haddock


Counselor resilience is the ability to transform adversity into growth opportunities that become part of the professional's identity and the core values of a counselor. However, researchers have yet to identify why some counselors exhibit higher levels of resilience while others exhibit less. Counselor resilience can be learned and nurtured at any point of an individual's development. The purpose of this study was to examine how differences within the foundational edification of a research-embedded curriculum impact a counselor's level of resilience. Participants included practicing counselors who received their counseling degrees from a 2014 U.S News and World Report (USNWR) Nationally Ranked Best University\Colleges. Using a quantitative, comparative design, 123 counselors were surveyed using a demographic questionnaire and the modified CD-RISC (CD-RISC-27). An analysis of variance was used to examine the impact of differences among counseling professionals' levels of therapeutic resilience based on the ranking of the institutional and research emphasis within their respective counseling programs. The results from this study indicated that research-embedded curriculum had no significant difference in a counselor's level of resilience (p >.05). Outcomes for this study provide statistical evidence that curricular differences and university ranking do not explain the variance in counselors' demonstrated resilience. These findings validate the academic and clinical application of non-research based training programs and non-traditional learning environments.