Degree Date


Document Type

Dissertation - Public Access

Degree Name

Ed.D. Doctor of Education

Academic Discipline

Counseling Psychology

First Advisor

Martin Cortez Wesley, PhD, LPCC-S, LCADC, NCC, MAC, BC-TMH

Second Advisor

Joffrey S. Suprina, PhD, LMHC, NCC


Substance use disorder affects a substantial number of individuals in the United States. The specific problem of this research is that it was not known to what extent their use of evidence-based practices is driven by their sense of self-efficacy. The purpose of this quantitative correlational research was to examine to what extent the use of evidence-based practices covary with a sense of self-efficacy for mental health counselors treating individuals diagnosed with a substance use disorder. The study population was 121 mental health counselors who specialized in substance use disorder treatment who completed a digital survey. The study findings did not support the existence of a simple regressive relationship between the use of evidence-based practices and self-efficacy, R2 = 0.01, sig = 0.33. The multiple regression model illustrated the personal characteristics of counselors to be statistically significant at p < 0.05 and where 4.9% of self-efficacy among counselors was explained by evidence-based practices, gender, and age as predictors, F (3,114) = 3.00, sig = 0.03. The study findings demonstrate the importance of considering the role of evidence-based practices in supporting the self-efficacy of counselors. Future research is needed to develop a holistic understanding of the relationship between evidence-based practice and self-efficacy among counselors.