ERIC Number: ED241845
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Covenant Contracting: Training Functions and Treatment Outcome.
Kochalka, James; And Others
This paper describes a psychoeducational procedure known as Covenant Contracting, which is used in the training of family psychologists at Georgia State University. The training framework for clinical experience is described, and the philosophical underpinning for this particular clinical sequence is summarized. The rationale for Covenant Contracting is explained in terms of Sager's (1976) tripartite conceptualization of marital satisfaction based on each spouse's expectations for the marriage. Procedures are then outlined for the eight 1-hour sessions. Data are presented showing the positive effects of participation. Training implications are discussed, and the roles of the trainee as educator, information gatherer, gatekeeper, coach, affect regulator, and consultant are outlined. Finally, implications of the procedure for therapist training and assessment, and couples' relationship improvement are summarized. (JAC)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Covenant Contracting; Georgia State University
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council on Family Relations (St. Paul, MN, October 11-15, 1983).