An exploratory mixed methods study of the development of self-efficacy, attitudes, knowledge, and skills for master’s level school-based internship students attending play therapy supervision
The purpose of this mixed methods study was to explore the development of attitudes, skills, and knowledge regarding play therapy during a school-based play therapy internship experience. Six graduate students in a counseling program participated in a play therapy internship. They were administered the PTAKSS-Revised (Kao & Change, 2007), an instrument that measures attitudes, knowledge and skills of play therapy. In addition, participants completed the Counseling Activities Self Efficacy Scale on a weekly basis. Participants also participated in qualitative interviews at the conclusion of their Experience. The findings indicated that participants had an initial drop in feelings of self-efficacy, followed by consistent growth. Themes that participants focused on included: Assuming a Therapeutic Role, Growth, and Conflict in their Role. Implications for practice and future research is discussed.
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