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ERIC Number: ED339934
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Nov
Pages: 14
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Responsive Therapy and Personal Commitment: Integrative Models.
Gerber, Sterling
A simple triadic model suggests that problems or circumstances come in three varieties: cognitive, affective, and behavioral. Likewise, client style might be categorized by the same three labels. If the therapist can correctly identify the client's circumstance and style, then the approach can be chosen that seems most likely to produce the most efficient and effective solution. Responsive Therapy asserts two phases to therapy. The first, lasting up to three sessions, consists of employing what is referred to as universal therapy skills or Sequential Initiating, Tracking, and Enhancing skills. Once the circumstance and style are known, a soft contract is accomplished which restructures the counselor's role from empathic listener to that of an agent of active intervention. The Personal Commitment Model is a way of integrating several seemingly discordant positions into a larger, consonant one. Personal commitment is marked by behavior that has a unifying theme or style, but which is selectively variable. There is a well-developed internal system, but it is in process and open to selective modification. The personally committed person believes in choice, uses opportunities to choose, and accepts responsibility for the choices made. Teachers, therapists, and consultants have the opportunity to frame literature and history according to a multi-faceted truth and to promote self-responsibility among clients and students. The Personal Commitment model is one such vehicle by which to accomplish this goal. (LLL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers: Commitment; Responsive Therapy
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Western Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (San Diego, CA, November 7-10, 1991).