<p>Professional dispositions expected of counseling students has been a contested area within the counseling profession, and students challenging dismissal decisions have put counseling programs at risk of litigation. To better guide counseling programs’ evaluation and remediation efforts, the authors used a content analysis to investigate the most recurring professional dispositions of master’s level counseling students listed within student retention policies, evaluations and rubrics of CACREP accredited counseling programs (n=224). The most common dispositional themes included; Openness to Growth, Awareness of Self and Others, Emotional Stability, Integrity, Flexibility, Compassion, and Personal Style. Implications for how the disposition themes can assist in student evaluation and remediation with specific regards to multicultural competence are discussed.</p>
The first author would like to thank the many individuals involved in helping with this article; Charles "Rick" Gressard, Charles "Rip" McAdams, Thomas J. Ward, James P. Barbur and Stella Kerl-McClain. This article is based on data from the first author's doctoral dissertation from the College of William and Mary.