Degree Date


Document Type

Dissertation - Public Access

Degree Name

Ed.D. Doctor of Education

Academic Discipline

Counselor Education and Supervision

First Advisor

Dr. Martin Wesley

Second Advisor

Dr. Marguerite Chabau


Counselors being able to engage in self-care practices to establish and maintain their wellness is a well-documented need. The risks of neglecting self-care are also well documented, yet counselors struggle to engage in consistent self-care practices (Baker & Gabriel, 2021; Posluns & Gall, 2020). When demand for counselors is constant (Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, 2020) an examination of how to impact counselor wellness through supervision discussion of self-care is needed. The purpose of the study was to examine supervision discussion of self-care, support of mastery of counselors-in-training’s emotions and any resulting impact on counselor wellness. Data collection included survey of counselors-in-training about supervision paired with implementation of the Five Factor Wellness Inventory (FFWEL; Myers & Sweeney, 2014). The questions regarding supervisor behaviors correlating to CIT wellness resulted in weak correlations between supervisor behaviors and CIT wellness scores. Insight regarding improving counselor wellness through increasing counselor self-care and therefore prolonging and strengthening delivery of quality counseling represents a critical need in the counseling field today.