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multidimensional process that is linked to key counselor variables, including the

counselor’s personality, attitude, and personal variables. However, counselor education

programs are concerned not only with admitting students who are more likely to be

effective, but also in selecting potential students who are likely to use their counseling

degree, obtain professional licensure, and experience their counseling profession as an

enjoyable, meaningful occupation. Others have also considered the role of personality

traits and counselor training development (Pope & Kline, 1999; Softas-Nall, Baldo &

Williams, 2001). While research has identified a link between counselor personality and

work satisfaction, little research, to date, has examined the link between specific

personality traits—measured prior to program admission—and various types of post-

graduation outcomes (Pope & Kline, 1999; Softas-Nall et. al, 2001).

Purpose of the Study

This study is designed to address this gap in the literature by examining two

prominent self-report measures of personality - the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality

Inventory-2nd Edition (MMPI-2) and the Revised NEO Personality Inventory (NEO PI-R)

and their ability to predict several important post-graduation outcomes in Master’s level

counselor education. The outcomes examined in this study include the final GPA of the

student, licensure acquisition, on-going participation in the counseling profession, work

satisfaction, and self-perceived effectiveness.

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