Article Title

Factors That Limit Counselor Metacompetence and the Suggested Role of Supervisors

Department/School

School of Education

Abstract

In some countries, including South Korea and the U.S., counselors are not required to receive supervision once they have been credentialed. The expectation is that they will have developed sufficient levels of metacompetence (the ability to assess what one knows and does not know; Falender & Schafranske, 2007; 2014) that they can be trusted to self-monitor their professional practice. But there are factors that limit metacompetence, some of which are normative (e.g., the tendency to overestimate competence; automaticity) and some are nonnormative (e.g., life crises or personal difficulties that the counselor might experience). This paper briefly discusses those limitations and then suggests career-long supervision as a mechanism to address them.

Document Type

Article

Publication Title

Journal of Human Understanding and Counseling

Publication Date

2015

Volume

35

Issue

2

Pages

1-9

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