What is it about?

This article looks at how a sense of meaning in life affects those who are training to be counsellors. The paper looks at whether feeling capable and competent increases a sense of meaning, and whether the participants felt that counselling was their "calling" in life.

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Why is it important?

Having a sense of meaning in life is important. The paper explains how having a sense of purpose around your work can be beneficial for wellbeing. This would be especially of interest for counsellors.


As a counsellor myself, I find it important to understand WHY we choose to become counsellors. What draws us. This paper tries to address a part of this question, by looking at whether counselling students see their vocation as a "calling".

Robert Hurst
University of Bolton

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This page is a summary of: Counselling as a calling: Meaning in life and perceived self‐competence in counselling students, Counselling and Psychotherapy Research, April 2021, Wiley, DOI: 10.1002/capr.12406.
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