ERIC Number: ED200848
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: 0
Development of a Procedure for Allowing Mental Health Clients to Choose Their Therapists.
Manthei, R. J.
Literature on client rights and preferences for therapy and therapy styles has suggested that allowing clients to choose their own therapists should have positive effects on the process and outcome of therapy as well as the chosen therapists' performance and attitudes. A slide/tape presentation containing information about each therapist at an urban mental health clinic was used to help clients choose their own therapist. Clients (N=21) were administered a questionnaire to assess their reactions to being allowed to choose and their reasons for choosing a particular therapist. Findings indicated that the act of choosing had a positive impact on clients and that when choosing, clients placed more importance on relationship factors than physical likeness or active-therapist qualities. The slide/tape presentation appears to be a simple, practical procedure for allowing clients to select their own therapists. Results suggest that there may be positive implications for therapy outcome when clients exercise their right to choose their therapist. (Author/NRB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: New Zealand
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the New Zealand Psychological Society (Dunedin, 1980).