Date of Award
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
College of Education and Human Services
Counseling and Educational Leadership
Thesis Sponsor/Dissertation Chair/Project Chair
Dana Heller Levitt
Using a basic qualitative research design, this author interviewed eight Latino doctoral students in counseling programs about their professional identity development experiences. The author analyzed the data from a Latino Critical Race theoretical perspective to explore the ways in which power and privilege played a role in the participants’ professional identity development as Latino doctoral students in a predominantly White American profession. The results supported that ethnicity played a central role in the participants’ experiences navigating professional identity within a predominantly White American profession. The three themes that emerged were: (1) being one of the few, (2) navigating professional identity development, and (3) becoming a Latino counselor educator. Further, the participants’ professional identity development was like a rollercoaster and proceeded in a less linear fashion than the current models explained. The implications for the counseling profession, counselor education, counseling doctoral programs, and Latino doctoral students included: promoting inclusion, creating community, and providing support.
Locke, Anna Flores, "Latino Doctoral Students in Counseling Programs : Navigating Professional Identity within a Predominantly White American Profession" (2017). Theses, Dissertations and Culminating Projects. 98.