Journal of Counseling Research and Practice


This study investigated whether maintaining confidentiality influenced members’ self- disclosure and perceptions of benefitting from group experience in the context of an instructor- led experiential graduate-level training group. Participants were 31 counselors-in-training in a 60-credit master’s degree program in mental health counseling enrolled in an experiential group dynamics class. The findings indicate that maintaining confidentiality is positively associated with increased self-disclosure among group members as well as perceived benefit from the group. The implications of these findings for educators as well as practicing counselors and researchers are discussed.