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 Volume 10, Issue 4 (April 2023), Pages: 88-95


 Original Research Paper

 The influence of anxiety in supervision toward trainee counselors’ competencies in Malaysia


 Suhaili Arifin 1, Siti Salina Abdullah 1, 2, *, Fazliyaton Ramley 1, Zuhda Husain 1, Raba’Aton Adawiah Mohd Yusof 1, Rohana Ahmad 1


 1Faculty of Business, Economic and Social Development, University Malaysia Terengganu, Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia
 2Institute of Tropical Biodiversity and Sustainable Development, University Malaysia Terengganu, Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia

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The purpose of this study is to investigate the association between anxiety and counseling competencies among Malaysian trainee counselors within supervision. Recently, counseling competencies have been highlighted in counselor education and training as it is one of the professional ethics to be obliged. However, there were a limited number of studies on how anxiety was affecting the competencies of counselors-in-training. Previous literature shows that most of the studies regarding this topic have been conducted more in Western countries than in Malaysia. Therefore, this study was implemented in public universities that offer bachelor counseling programs all across Malaysia. The respondents comprising n=204 final year trainee counselors undergo internship and n=62 counseling lecturers are supervisors. The result proves that anxiety has a negative significant correlation with counselor trainees’ competencies r=-.399**. The result indicated that the anxiety in the model was a significant predictor of counseling competencies, R2=.159, F (1, 202)=38.180**, p<.000. The results also reported that anxiety had contributed significantly (β=-.285**, p<.000) on the Malaysian novice counselors’ competency. This study provided supervisors and counselor educators with empirical data on the factor that may affect trainee counselors’ competencies during the training. In contrast, this study only focuses on anxiety. There might be other factors that need to be considered in future studies. All these findings bring new perspectives in response to issues regarding trainee counselors to enable them to grow and remain responsive and beneficial to the educational needs of novice counselors.

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 Keywords: Anxiety, Counseling competencies, Supervision, Trainee counselors, Malaysia

 Article History: Received 3 September 2022, Received in revised form 1 January 2023, Accepted 10 January 2023


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 Conflict of interest: The author(s) declared no potential conflicts of interest with respect to the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article.


 Arifin S, Abdullah SS, Ramley F, Husain Z, Yusof RAM, and Ahmad R (2023). The influence of anxiety in supervision toward trainee counselors’ competencies in Malaysia. International Journal of Advanced and Applied Sciences, 10(4): 88-95

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