INFLUENCE OF ETHICAL AND PERSONALITY CHARACTERISTICS OF PRACTICING COUNSELLORS ON PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT IN ADAMAWA STATE TERTIARY INSTITUTIONS: IMPLICATIONS FOR COUNSELLOR EDUCATION PROGRAMMES AND CERTIFICATION

Linus K. Sababa, Ballah A. Y. Godwin

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This study attempted to investigate the influence of ethical and personality characteristics of counselling practitioners on the growth and development of the counselling profession in Nigeria. Research questions were raised to identify the major ethical and personality characteristics exhibited by practicing counsellors in Adamawa state tertiary institutions of learning, while the hypotheses sought to find out if the respondents differ in their possession of the desirable ethical and personality characteristics. All students and Counsellors from Adamawa state citadel of higher learning constituted the population for the study. The sample comprised of 109 students and 25 practicing Counsellors in Adamawa state tertiary institutions. A modified four point Likert type scale instrument was used to collect data from the respondents. The instrument was validated and found to be reliable at 0.71 reliability coefficients. The data collected were analyzed using means, standard deviation, independent t-test, and two sample Kolmogorov Smirnov tests. The findings revealed that counselling practitioners in Adamawa state tertiary institutions possess the expected personality characteristics, but lack the basic knowledge and skills to effectively service students’ cases. The study also revealed that the counsellor education curriculum of most universities was defective. The products of such institutions may not possess the minimum requirement to be certificated as professional practicing Counsellors. It was therefore recommended among other things that the counsellor education curriculum be overhauled and new courses on current issues such as multi-culturalism in counselling be integrated into the curriculum in order to meet the minimum conditions for certification and licensure.

 

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counsellor education programme; multi-culturalism in counselling; personality characteristics; ethical behaviour; professional growth and development; certification and licensure

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