ERIC Number: ED055305
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971
Reference Count: 0
Discrimination Training with Lay Counselors.
Martin, Roger D.
Discrimination training in a specific, short-term, lay counseling program aimed at producing effective helpers is evaluated. Success of various lay training ventures appears to be related to the organization of specific programs with emphasis on core conditions. A week-long training program patterned after Carkhuff (1969b) included the conditions of empathy, regard, and genuineness; training in the action aspects of counseling; and experienced-based learning in interpersonal relations and communication skills. Carkhuff's Index of Discrimination was administered to the experimental group both before and immediately after their training experience. Each experimental subject nominated a control subject similar to him in age, education, vocation, interests, etc. There was also a 3rd random control group. The 3 groups were roughly equivalent before training, with the experimental group tending to do somewhat higher in level of discrimination ability. This group improved considerably after the training program, while both the matched control group and the random control group declined slightly. Thus, the study shows that at least on the discrimination variable, lay helpers can be quickly and effectively trained. (MA)
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Authoring Institution: Saskatchewan Univ., Saskatoon.
Note: Paper presented at Canadian Guidance and Counselling Association convention, Toronto, May 30 - June 2, 1971