Counselor as Scholar Practitioner

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Counselor as Scholar Practitioner Walden University Counselor as Scholar Practitioner Counselors do practice in a different variety of disciplines, but counselors do represent a separate discipline that is separate from social work, medicine, and even psychology. This paper has been written on the role of a researcher in the counseling profession. Thereby, I will discuss the different characteristics of the scientific approaches that are valuable to research and how these characteristics can contribute to the different abilities to explain, describe, control, and predict. With this the knowledge of the research methodology this will benefit all counselors in the counseling practice by describing and explaining the scientist practitioner model and the importance it will play as a role of the researcher. Key Words: Counseling, Role of Researcher, Contributions, and Practitioner Model Role of Researcher Research within the counseling profession plays a vital role in counseling based on science and the active role it plays in “developing the knowledge that the counseling profession is based” (Heppner, Kivligham, & Wampold, 2006, p. 16). However, in the following example the scientific method does involve many empirical tests that did establish such supportable results. In another situation if taken the same scientific method this would show a set of rules and assumptions about evaluating and collecting data that is important to more research where needed. However, according to Heppner, Kivligham, & Wampold (2006) “the philosophical foundations guide our understanding of the world, but also can affect how scientists conduct research” (Heppner et al., 2006, p. 23). These assumptions would allow counselors to have an increase of knowledge that would be relevant to guide us through our counseling professions. A strong foundation for research begins

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