Degree Date


Document Type

Dissertation - Public Access

Degree Name

Ed.D. Doctor of Education

Academic Discipline

Counselor Education and Supervision

First Advisor

Dr. Joffrey Suprina

Second Advisor

Dr. Caroline Perjessy

Third Advisor

Dr. Marguerite Chabau


The purpose of this qualitative study was to explore how the European Standards for the accreditation of counseling training programs compare to CACREP standards and to each other. The differences and commonalities between standards have been defined through a meta-synthesis of integrated findings from a large body of inter-related qualitative studies and reinterpretation of the synthesized data.

This qualitative meta-synthesis research was intended to contribute to the process of counseling globalization by exploring the unique cultural features and aspects of the European and the U.S. accrediting systems for counseling training programs. This research revealed 1) the commonly recognized areas that were accepted by both sides; 2) the areas that require further development in the European countries in order to successfully promote the counseling profession; 3) the areas that display unique characteristics based on cultural perceptions and historical backgrounds; and, 4) the areas that require CACREP to reconsider their standards regarding universal applicability. These specific qualities and needs of each analyzed professional counseling community were addressed with regards to the upcoming necessity to develop the unified global standards for counseling training and practice.

The findings of this research may underpin the formation of the prospective unified standards for the global counseling training. The qualitative comparison of this meta-synthesis can be used for the discussion of how the worldwide professional counseling community can be effectively consolidated in the future.