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CHAPTER FIVE: SUMMARY, CONCLUSIONS, AND RECOMMENDATIONS

The concluding chapter of this study provides a summary of what was presented

in the previous chapters and explores the implications of the findings. The components

of this chapter are: (1) a summary section, including the rationale for the study, (2) an

overview of the methodology of the study and restatement of the research hypotheses, (3)

a summary of the findings, (4) a discussion of conclusions from the findings, and (5)

implications of the results for further research and comments related to the limitations of

the study.

Summary

The strong interest and growth in the mental health profession has had a

significant impact upon counselor education programs and has generated a concern

regarding the selection of prospective students to populate the classrooms (Hill &

McMinn, 2004; Lumadue & Duffey, 1999; Peterson, 2003). This issue may be especially

problematic for Christian counselor education programs as an applicant may have a

strong motivation to help people, but in actuality may not receive satisfaction from

providing counseling services (Collins, 2007). Counseling is a complex process and the

outcome of the counseling event may be associated with both the client and the therapist

(Herman, 1993; Mohr, 1995). A screening methodology to assist counselor education

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