ERIC Number: ED220733
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Professional Disclosure, Consumerism, and Counselor Preparation.
Gill, Stephen Joel; Taylor, Simone Himbeault
Professional disclosure in counseling is the process of informing clients about the services being provided and the persons providing those services. It includes the issues of client expectation, accountability and consumerism and counselor credentialing. The effects of a professional disclosure statement on client expectations, behavior, and satisfaction were studied by assigning university counseling center clients to read a professional disclosure statement, general statement, or no statement before counseling. Clients who read the professional disclosure statement tended to: (1) be more likely to change their expectations of counseling; (2) have a better understanding of the counseling process; (3) have more realistic expectations; and (4) report greater satisfaction with the counseling outcome. The findings suggest that professional disclosure as an instrument of information and accountability appears to have face validity. (JAC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Professional Disclosure
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Personnel and Guidance Association (Detroit, MI, March 17-20, 1982).