The role of mentoring relationships in counseling programs

Jennifer N. Boswell, Angie D. Wilson, Marcella D. Stark, Anthony J. Onwuegbuzie

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Purpose – The goals of a mentoring relationship are important to the development of mentees. The purpose of this paper is to focus on the specific needs of students and junior faculty in counseling programs. Design/methodology/approach – The authors used a psychological phenomenological research approach to understand the role and significance of a mentor and the mentoring relationship. In this qualitative research study, pre-tenured faculty, doctoral- and master’s-level students in counselor education programs in the USA were interviewed (n=30), to explore the mentorship needs. Findings – In the study, the authors identified 28 codes that emerged from the participants’ lived experiences, which then were organized into seven meta-codes. The seven meta-codes were: relationship between mentor and mentee; communication style or patterns; preferred gender of mentor; introduction to the relationship; mentee needs; mentee benefits; and experiences as a mentee. Originality/value – In the paper, the authors sought to explore the mentoring needs of students and junior faculty in counselor education programs and how these needs can begin to be addressed effectively.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)168-183
Number of pages16
JournalInternational Journal of Mentoring and Coaching in Education
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 7 Sept 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Counselor education
  • Higher education
  • Mentee expectations
  • Mentee needs
  • Mentoring
  • Mentorship of doctoral students
  • Mentorship of early career faculty members

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies


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