indiana counseling association


We are in the beginning stages of planning a mentoring program in partnership with the University of Indianapolis. The mentoring program is a partnership between professional counselors and counseling graduate students within the state of Indiana.

For 2020-2021 Year


Why is this study being done?

This study is being done to establish a mentoring program through the Indiana Counseling Association that enhances the education of counseling graduate students. Mixed methods analysis will be done to investigate if participation in the program correlates with improvements in professional identity development in mentees.

What will happen if I take part in this research study?

If you volunteer to participate in this study, the researcher will ask you to do the following:

  • Complete a registration survey to provide demographic information, career interests, cultural identity, and expectations of the mentor relationship.
  • Mentees will complete the 16-item Professional Identity Scale in Counseling – short version (PISC-S) at the time of registration.
  • Mentees will also work with the mentor to identify short and long-term goals during the first meeting.
  • Complete the Mentor-Mentee Agreement during the first meeting.
  • The mentee and mentor will be expected to meet with each other virtually for one hour once a month, ending in May 2021.
  • Maintain consistent communication with your mentor or mentee.
  • At the end of the study, all participants will fill out a feedback with open and closed ended questions as well as the PISC-S that mentees will complete again.

How long will I be in the research study?

Participation will take a total of 6 months. Six hours will be spent across meetings with your mentor/mentee. Surveys, paperwork, and communication between participants should collectively take no longer than an hour to complete over the course of the study.

Register and Apply as Mentor or Mentee

Who can I contact if I have questions about this study?

The Research Team: If you have any questions, comments or concerns about the research, you can talk to the one of the researchers. Please contact:

  • Daniel Ryan Charles:
  • Emma Eckart, PhD:

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