Date of Conferral
Counselor Education and Supervision
Dr. Kristi Cannon
Previous studies have demonstrated the predictive value of counselor self-efficacy and professional development in mental health counselors, career counselors, school counselors, and other professions. However, there has been a gap in literature regarding substance abuse counselor self-efficacy. The purpose of this quantitative cross-sectional study, guided by Bandura’s social cognitive theory, was to determine whether years of work experience, level of education, and possessing a license or certification predicted substance abuse counselor self-efficacy when working with dually diagnosed clients. The research question addressed this purpose. Data were collected using an online survey consisting of the counselor activity self-efficacy scale and a demographic questionnaire. A criterion sample was employed to recruit 47 participants including monolingual and bilingual English-speaking credentialed substance abuse counselors working across the United States. A multiple regression analysis revealed no statistically significant relationship between years of work experience, level of education, possessing a license or certification, and substance abuse counselor self-efficacy when working with dually diagnosed clients. The results point to the need for ongoing exploration of factors contributing to substance abuse counselor self-efficacy. Thus, this research is significant for counselor educators to take steps to improve and impact substance abuse counselor self-efficacy.
Stanisclaus, Nievel, "Predictors of Substance Abuse Counselor Self-Efficacy when Working with Dually Diagnosed Clients" (2020). Walden Dissertations and Doctoral Studies. 8990.