G. Scott Sparrow, EdD, LPC, LMFT

Counseling and Mentoring Services


For participation in the research study titled,
"An Examination of Core Beliefs and Values Among Graduate Counseling Students"

The following information is important for you to read before you agree to participate in the study titled, "An Examination of Core Beliefs and Values Among Graduate Counseling Students." After reading the description of the research procedure, and the section concerning risks and benefits, please click the link that will take you to the online survey, if you are willing to participate. You are under no obligation to participate, and refusal to participate will not affect your standing in the UTPA Counseling Program, or your grade in any class.

PURPOSE OF THE STUDY: Graduate counseling education typically involves more than didactic presentations and the acquisition of skills. Given the growing concern about 1 ) counseling ethics and standards of practice, 2) the impact of a counselor's beliefs and values upon the client relationship, and 3) the importance of adapting counseling interventions to a client's cultural heritage, contemporary counselor education program typically include experiential courses designed to promote an awareness of one's beliefs and values in order to determine their impact on the counselor-client relationship. Alongside these courses that emphasize the counselor's personal growth and development, theoretical courses expose students to diverse paradigms concerning human nature and the desirable goals of counseling, some of which may be inconsistent with a student's deeply held beliefs and values. Consequently, graduate counseling students may undergo some revision of beliefs and values in the process of preparing for a career in counseling. The purpose of this investigation will be to assess the beliefs and values of graduate students in the UTPA Counselor Education program. Students will fill out a questionnaire that will assess their attitudes and beliefs concerning: human nature; basic rights; moral and religious foundations; free will vs. determinism; realism vs. idealism; sources of psychological distress; and factors that give rise to counseling success. We wish to compare the responses made by incoming students with the responses of graduating students, in order to determine if there are any measurable differences between these two populations and, perhaps, whether the effects can be attributed to the effects of the course of their graduate counseling program. The questionnaires will be administered in the classroom setting Students will be informed of the purposes of the study, and wll be given the option 1) to refuse to participate at any point in the study, and 2) to skip any questions that they would rather not answer. Their identities will be kept perpetually confidential from the researchers in order to avoid a dual relationship with their students, which could raise concerns about a professor's subsequent treatment of the students based on their responses, and thus impact the students' willingness to provide honest responses to the questionnaire.

RISK AND BENEFITS TO SUBJECTS: The risks associated with this survey are minimal, but nonetheless significant. You will only be asked to complete a written questionnaire, but the questionnaire will provide information that is personal and sensitive. Your responses will be sent to Dr. Sparrow via an email. Your responses will be identified only by the subject number that Dr. Sparrow sent to you via email . Your identity will be kept on a separate key that will be in the possession of Dr. Sparrow, and will be used in the future only to compare your responses on this questionnaire with responses that you make to other administrations of the same questionnaire. (Some of you have already completed the questionnaire on one or two occasions.) The benefits to you will consist of ongoing reports that are generated by an analysis of the data, and provided to students in the program. The results will conceivably increase the awareness of students and faculty concerning the impact of counselor education on the beliefs and values of students. This awareness may contribute to decisions tol) inform incoming students regarding the impact of counselor education, 2) adjust curriculum to increase or decrease the impact on the student population.

All survey responses that we receive will be treated confidentially and stored on a secure server. However, given that the surveys can be completed from any computer (e.g., personal, work, school), we are unable to guarantee the security of the computer on which you choose to enter your responses. As a participant in our study, we want you to be aware that certain "keylogging" software programs exist that can be used to track or capture data that you enter and/or websites that you visit.

I am above the age of 18. I have read the above description of the study titled "An Examination of Core Beliefs and Values Among Graduate Counseling Students."

I agree to participate in this study, knowing that I can decline
further participation at any time without consequence.
Clicking here will take you to the survey
I agree to participate.

If you do not wish to participate, please go to my
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put in your name and simply write Decline in the message box before submitting the contact form.

Thank you!
Dr. Sparrow