How we gatekeep online : a grounded theory study
Standefer, Stephannee R.
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Counselor educators and supervisors (CES), as gatekeepers for the counseling profession, have an ethical responsibility to prepare students to be competent to counsel through training, evaluation and supervision. In addition, CES have an ethical obligation to protect the public and the integrity of the profession by remediating or dismissing students who do not meet professional standards of competency. Concurrently, online counselor education programs are increasingly popular due to their accessibility and convenience. Despite the importance of effective gatekeeping methods and practices in online counselor education programs, no research exists regarding effective gatekeeping methods and practices in a CACREP-accredited online counselor education program. Using a constructivist grounded theory approach, in this study I identify gatekeeping methods and practices used by CES teaching in online CACREP-accredited master's-level counseling programs.