Hermeneutic, phenomenological methodology was used to explore experiences developing a research agenda for five beginning counselor educators. Through in-depth, open-ended interviews, experiences included (a) balance, (b) isolation, and (c) evaluation while references to trusting relationships were manifest across all themes. Recommendations for counselor educators spanning the profession are provided.


Research Agenda, Counselor Educators, Phenomenology

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Brandon Wilde, Ph.D., LPC, NCC is a graduate of Idaho State University and is currently the director of the PhD program in Counselor Education and Supervision at Adams State University. Dr. Wilde has published in the Family Journal, Counseling and Values, and The Practitioner Scholar. Correspondence regarding this article can be addressed directly to: Brandon J. Wilde at, brandonjwilde@gmail.com.

Stephen S. Feit is Professor Emeritus of Counseling from Idaho State University. Correspondence regarding this article can also be addressed directly to: Stephen S. Felt at, feitstep@isu.edu.

Laura K. Harrawood, Ph.D., LCPC, LMFT, is an associate professor and internship coordinator at McKendree University Professional Counseling Program where she teaches courses in counseling theory, ethics, research design, couple and family counseling, and grief and loss. Dr. Harrawood has published in the area of family, death education, ethics, and the training of couple and family counselors. She currently serves on the editorial review board for The Family Journal: Counseling and Therapy for Couples and Family and has served as a manuscript reviewer for Omega: Journal of Death & Dying. Correspondence regarding this article can also be addressed directly to: Laura K. Harrawood at, lkharrawood@mckendree.edu.

David M. Kleist is a full professor, and chairperson, in the Department of Counseling at Idaho State University. He received his Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision at Southern Illinois University in 1995. Correspondence regarding this article can also be addressed directly to: David M. Kleist at, kleidavi@isu.edu.

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