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Acta Commercii

On-line version ISSN 1684-1999
Print version ISSN 1680-7537


BARKHUIZEN, Hanri; JORGENSEN, Lené I.  and  BRINK, Lizelle. Training the industrial and organisational psychologist as counsellor: Are we doing enough?. Acta Commer. [online]. 2015, vol.15, n.1, pp.1-12. ISSN 1684-1999.

ORIENTATION: Industrial and organisational (I-O) psychologists are responsible for workplace counselling. Workplace counselling requires specific skills and training for the I-O psychologist. RESEARCH PURPOSE: The main aim of the study was to explore the role of training the I-O psychologist as workplace counsellor. MOTIVATION FOR THE STUDY: Studies show that the I-O psychologist does not feel adequately prepared for their role as workplace counsellor. It is important to explore which skills and training are needed to equip the I-O psychologist as counsellor. RESEARCH APPROACH, DESIGN AND METHOD: A qualitative research design with convenience and snowball sampling was used to identify I-O psychologists (n = 22) from different business sectors in Gauteng and North-West. Semi-structured interviews were conducted to gather data and content analysis was utilised to extract themes and sub-themes from the results. MAIN FINDINGS: The findings showed that the participants know about the process of counselling, but they did not feel adequately prepared for their role as workplace counsellors. From the findings, recommendations for the training of future I-O psychologists are made. PRACTICAL IMPLICATIONS: This study adds to the knowledge about ensuring that the I-O psychologist is equipped during their training for the workplace to address the counselling needs of employees in the workplace in South Africa. CONTRIBUTION/VALUE-ADD: This study contributes towards ensuring that the I-O psychologist is sufficiently prepared for their role as workplace counsellor by making knowledge available regarding the skills required by I-O psychologists to be applied in practice.

Keywords : Industrial-organisational (I-O) psychologist; Counsellor; Skills and competencies; Qualitative research; Training.

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