ERIC Number: ED033380
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968
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An Instrument for the Measurement of Counselor Orientation. Wisconsin Studies in Vocational Rehabilitation. Monograph IX.
Sather, William S.; And Others
This study was designed to develop a conceptual framework or model for the measurement of the professional orientation of rehabilitation counselors. The four orientations identified were: (1) concern for the counselor-client relationship, (2) concern for the client's situation, (3) concern for both relationship and situation or bipolar, and (4) neutral. Data consisted of responses to seven interview questions addressed to 280 rehabilitation counselors. Responses were coded according to criteria derived from the literature on counseling theory and practice. The major conclusion based on evidence in support of the major hypothesis is that a reliable instrument has been developed to identify four distinct professional orientations of rehabilitation counselors. Secondly, the rather low contingency coefficient indicated relative crudeness in the instrument developed in this study. Thirdly, there is evidence of a meaningful continuum with the relationship-oriented and the situational-oriented counselors at the far-removed extremes and the bipolar and neutral counselors between but far removed in the number of codable responses. Lastly, each counselor can be more or less accurately described in operational terms according to the professional orientation group to which he is assigned. (KJ)
Descriptors: Counseling, Counselor Characteristics, Measurement Instruments, Models, Orientation, Rehabilitation, Rehabilitation Counseling, Rehabilitation Programs, Relationship, Situational Tests, Vocational Rehabilitation
Dr. George N. Wright, Regional Rehabilitation Research Institute, 2218 University Avenue, Madison, Wisconsin 53706 (Single Copies are Free; They do not sell them in quantities).
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Sponsor: Social and Rehabilitation Service (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Wisconsin Univ., Madison. Regional Rehabilitation Research Inst.