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ERIC Number: ED021297
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Psychotherapy and the Nonprofessional Therapist: Responses of Naive Therapists to "Therapeutic" Contact with Chronic Schizophrenics.
Tomlinson, T.M.; And Others
The current interest in using non-professional therapists to work with chronic schizophrenics is usually focused on the effect on the patients. Relatively little attention has been paid to the effect this particularly intransigent patient population may have on clinically unsophisticated students, especially students who are planning a career as professional psychotherapists. The questions is asked about the advisability of engaging naive students in the task of "helping" patients who are unlikely to exhibit identifiable behavior or personality change. Biographical and rating scale data from untrained student therapists are examined, and the conclusion is reached that in most instances, the experience has a positive outcome. Students attain insights into the nature of psychopathology and achieve a more realistic view of psychotherapy. The warning is issued, however, that the experience can be extremely frustrating and unnecessarily disconcerting to the naive therapist who expects but does not receive reinforcement in terms of a productive patient relationship or observable patient behavior change. It is suggested that unless considerable supervision is available a more responsive group of patients might provide a more suitable patient sample for the first therapeutic encounter. (Author)
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