ERIC Number: ED110883
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Mar-8
Reference Count: 0
Research on Counselor Effectiveness.
King, Paul T.
A limited study was conducted, asking counseling psychologists why they did not research the effectiveness of their counseling. The reasons given for failing to investigate effectiveness were: (1) methodological and criteria problems seemed unsolvable; (2) anxiety existed about discovering a lack of professional competence; (3) the intricacy of the therapy hour cannot be translated into specific criteria; (4) problems related to what type of individual does the ratings of counseling effectiveness; and (5) psychologists were unwilling to suffer the inconvenience of having to research their competence. Many felt it was an intrusion on their time, which could be better spent with clients. The over-used criteria which have uniformly failed to predict counselor effectiveness were discussed. The author suggested therapist-specific variables in interaction when client characteristics would be a profitable area for investigation. Some small amount of work has been done here. An increased use of long-range behavioral observation of the therapy interaction was suggested. (Author)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American College Personnel Association (50th, Atlanta, Georgia, March 5-8, 1975)