Identifying Factors Affecting Choice of Counseling Theory among Counselors in Malaysia

Hazrul Hizam Karim, and Fatimah Yusooff , (2019) Identifying Factors Affecting Choice of Counseling Theory among Counselors in Malaysia. ASEAN Journal of Open & Distance Learning (AJODL), 11 (2). pp. 42-52. ISSN 2232-0814

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Psychotherapy theory is an essential element in effective counselling sessions. The theories used not only assist the counsellors in handling their sessions with appropriate techniques, but also guide the counsellors to conceptually understand the issues that are confronted by the client. The purpose of this study is to identify the potential factors leading to the choice of counselling theory among counsellors in Malaysia. This study is intended to analyse the main reasons behind counsellors’ choice of theoretical orientation in their readiness to provide counselling services in Malaysia. Sixty questionnaires were distributed to randomly selected counsellors. However, only thirty-one (n=31) were accepted for analysis using percentage and mean. A quantitative approach was used, where the participants completed an instrument named Theoretical Contributing Factors Scale which consists of nine (9) sub-scales of potential factors. The findings demonstrated that internal factors were the most significant contributing factors for the participants in selecting their counselling theoretical orientation. This study will also encourage other researchers to explore further the factors that contribute to theoretical orientation selection among practicing counsellors in a larger sample. (Abstract by authors)

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Counseling, theoretical orientation, counselling theory, registered counsellor
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Cluster of Education and Social Sciences
Depositing User: Shahril Effendi Ibrahim
Date Deposited: 19 Aug 2020 01:53
Last Modified: 19 Aug 2020 01:53

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