ERIC Number: ED284159
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Apr-20
Reference Count: 0
The Relationship of Counselor Internal Dialogue to Level of Behavioral Performance.
Kurpius, DeWayne J.; Morran, D. Keith
Some researchers are beginning to explore counselor training from a cognitive-behavioral perspective. It has been suggested that a counselor's covert self-talk directly influences subsequent behavior, and that more effective self-talk should result in more effective behavior. A study was conducted to measure global aspects of counselor cognition and to analyze self-talk statements. Counselors (N=40) were randomly assigned to counsel one of four female coached clients who presented actual personal growth concerns. Counselors completed a demographic questionnaire and participated in a 25-minute counseling session which was videotaped. Following the session, counselors completed an instrument measuring levels of task facilitative and task distractive self-talk. Counselors viewed five 2-minute segments of their taped sessions, completed a thought list exercise, and wrote a clinical hypothesis about the client. Coached clients completed counselor evaluation forms. Trained raters reviewed tapes, read hypotheses and thought-lists, and rated counselor effectiveness. The results revealed a positive relationship between raters' evaluations of high clinical hypothesis scores and high performance ratings. A similar relationship between hypothesis scores and performance levels was found for client satisfaction ratings. High performing counselors reported more self-instruction and fewer thoughts of negative self-talk than did low performing counselors. (NB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Self Talk
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Washington, DC, April 20-24, 1987).