Correctional officers' perceptions of the competency-based counseling training program in Taiwan: A preliminary qualitative research

Peter Jen Der Pan, Shih Hua Chang, Chi Wei Lin

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The purposes of this exploratory study are to present a model of the competency-based counseling training program with correctional officers in Taiwan and highlight findings from a qualitative exploration. Grounded theory procedures are used to explore 23 correctional officers' perceptions of the training program. This training program results in positive feelings about the significant learning experience, greater theoretical knowledge, and a greater understanding of the counseling work. In addition, eight themes emerging from the data pertain to the significant experiences of the training process. These themes are outlined and discussed. Implications for correctional officers' counseling training program and research questions for future study are also suggested.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)523-540
Number of pages18
JournalInternational Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2007 Oct 1



  • Competency-based counseling training program
  • Correctional officer
  • Grounded theory
  • Observational learning
  • Positive effects of feedback

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Applied Psychology

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