ERIC Number: ED222820
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Gerber, Sterling K.
This paper is an attempt to develop a therapeutic stance, responsive therapy, for counselors that abandons the effort to select the one "true" therapeutic emphasis, and is based on the assumption that all therapeutic emphases are "true." A description of counselor behavior ensues which enhances a therapeutic atmosphere, moves clients systematically toward an objective view of her/his circumstances, and creates a position from which various intervention strategies may be used contextually intact in response to the reality clients face. The author views responsive therapy as a viable position for therapists who cannot be comfortable with either a single approach or eclecticism. Chapter 1 is an introduction which attempts to identify a common thread in all therapies, e.g., the introductory interview, relaxation training, and history taking. Chapter 2 examines the therapeutic environment, e.g., the external physical environment and the internal environment of the counselor and client. Chapter 3 discusses tracking skills, those strategies employed by the counselor to move the client through the therapeutic process. Chapters 4 and 5 address general and specific enhancing skills. Chapter 6 explains the experiential, philosophical, and theoretical bases that undergird responsive therpay. The theoretical model for responsive therapy is described in detail. A reference list is included. (Author/PAS)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Responsive Therapy
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Western Psychological Association (62nd, Sacramento, CA, April 7-11, 1982).