Date of Award


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy


Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology

First Advisor

Dr. Suzanne M. Hedstrom


Counseling professionals are informed and guided in professional development, research and practice by the relevant professional organizations that endorse the field’s professional, ethical, and competency standards. Amidst the contemporary professional proclamations of multicultural- and social justice counseling as professional grounding principles, is also the directive to promote and engage in peace building. Although the notion of peace building appear to be conceptually congruent with the multicultural and social justice counseling competencies; peace building concepts and issues, and research on nonviolence, reconciliation, democratization, and conflict transformation, are as yet unchartered notions in the counselor education literature.

The purpose of this study was thus to begin to address the paucity in the counselor education literature with an initial quantitative and qualitative exploration of the unique manifestation of peace building in counselor education. The quantitative and qualitative research methodology incorporated an online survey and follow-up qualitative interviews. The exploration gauged the study participants’ conceptualization of how peace building is manifested, and the opportunities and challenges specific to the field of counselor education in promoting and engaging in the practice of peace building.

Access Setting

Dissertation-Open Access