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As graduate students, the opportunity to teach one of the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) core courses is an honor. Being selected for this opportunity means that professors have confidence in your ability to successfully impart information and influence student learning. At the same time, the challenges associated with this experience can evoke extreme anxiety! Using our experiences as instructors for a masters level group counseling class as an example, the authors highlight common obstacles faced by doctoral students who teach counseling courses. In response to these challenges, we provide examples of teaching strategies that we found to be successful and others that were not so successful, in other words, the things we will never do again!


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McLeod, A. L., Uwah, C. J., & Mason, E. C. M. (2008, March). Teaching group counseling as a graduate student: What works and what we will never do again! Based on a program presented at the ACA Annual Conference & Exhibition, Honolulu, HI.

For educational use. Posted with the permission of the publisher.