The purpose of this study was to understand learning experience encountered by counsellor trainees, particularly the development process while performing counselling practicum. Qualitative methods involving a series of semi-structured interviews, written documents and observation were employed with ten participants. The findings of the study revealed that perceptions and motivation emerge as significant psychological features in the development experienced by the counsellor trainees. The trainees indicated that they started their counselling practicum with different perceptions on new roles, new tasks and other people. There were negative and positive perceptions. Some trainees only had negative perceptions, other trainees had positive perceptions, however another group of trainees had positive and negative perceptions. Perception is very subjective. The trainees are unique. Despite this, the trainees’ main motives were to fulfil the university requirements. Performing the counselling practicum and being in the schools changed their perceptions and motivation because their strong concerns were to fulfil the university requirements. Being able to fulfil the required tasks contributed to their development as school counsellors. However, development of the counsellor trainees is very subjective and the way in which they experience the development is partly related to their understanding of their own perceptions and motivation.
|Keywords:||Learning through Participation, Counselling Training in Malaysia, Counselling Practicum|
Senior Lecturer, Psychology and Counselling, Universiti Malaysia Terengganu, Kuala Terengganu, Terengganu, Malaysia
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