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Canadian professional standard for counselling and psychotherapy entry-to-practice competency assessment: a mixed methods exploration of the national development process

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dc.contributor.supervisor Lutfiyya, Zana (Education) VanWalleghem, John (Education) en_US
dc.contributor.author Martin, Lorna
dc.date.accessioned 2012-08-13T15:10:06Z
dc.date.available 2012-08-13T15:10:06Z
dc.date.issued 2012-08-13
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1993/8159
dc.description.abstract Unlicensed, non-credentialed counsellors pose a substantial risk for harm to those seeking counselling in Canada. Professional associations and legislative bodies in Canada are seeking protection of the public through certification and regulation processes that require evidence of professional competence. I examine and discuss the development process for and reliability and validity measures of a prototype for a Canadian standard entry-to-practice counselling competency assessment. Unique to this study is a focus on process orientation. Using a mixed methods approach, I observe and document the steps used by a pan-Canadian test development team to create a prototype for a valid, reliable, credible, and fair national assessment of counselling competency at the entry-to-practice level. Beginning with the formation of a national competency profile that delineates a scope of practice for the counselling profession, I move through the assessment creation process from conceptual foundations and rationale to assessment blueprint, item writing, beta testing, and strategic checks for validation and reliability. The culmination of this study is a replicable process for the creation of fair, valid, and reliable test instruments for the counselling profession in Canada. en_US
dc.subject competency en_US
dc.subject assessment en_US
dc.subject counsellor en_US
dc.subject evaluation en_US
dc.subject mixed methods en_US
dc.title Canadian professional standard for counselling and psychotherapy entry-to-practice competency assessment: a mixed methods exploration of the national development process en_US
dc.degree.discipline Education en_US
dc.contributor.examiningcommittee Schulz, William (Education) Mani, Priya (Education ) Levine, Kathryn (Social Work) Sumarah, John (Acadia University) en_US
dc.degree.level Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) en_US
dc.description.note October 2012 en_US


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