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ERIC Number: ED073398
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973-Jan
Pages: 16
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The Clinician as Teacher of Interpersonal Skills. Let's Give Away What We've Got.
Ivey, Allen E.
This article suggests that a major role for the practicing clinician is the teaching of his helping skills to those whom he would serve. Specifically, the paper describes microcounseling, a videobased system of teaching counseling or psychotherapeutic skills to counselors, clinical psychologists, and medical students. In addition, the method has proven equally effective in training paraprofessional counselors, parents as peer drug counselors, teachers, and the general lay public. Microcounseling is seen as a systematic program which enables the helping process to be taught directly and explicitly. It is a scaled-down sample of counseling in which the counselor, therapist, or lay trainee talk with volunteer clients during brief five-minute sessions which are video recorded. Microcounseling thus focuses on specific single skills and trainee learn quickly important aspects of the total helping process. Specific skills of microcounseling are outlined, illustrations of how methods may be used are presented, and implications of a teaching role for the professional psychotherapist are discussed. (Author/SES)
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Authoring Institution: Massachusetts Univ., Amherst. Human Relations Center.