ERIC Number: ED128731
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971
An Evaluation of an Intensive Pre-Practicum Training Program.
Miller, H. R.; Shields, E. E.
An intensive week-long pre-practicum training program was developed, conducted, and evaluated. The objectives of the study were to investigate the feasibility of reducing the initial non-functioning period in a counselor training program and to explore the effects on the cognitive and behavioral functioning of beginning counselors. Eight beginning graduate students were trained for five days using microcounseling, interpersonal process recall, a communication model, and modeling of counseling interviews. Prior to and immediately after training, interview behavior and knowledge of empathic responses were assessed using a standard videotape-simulation counselee and an objective, multiple-choice test. The simulated client was used for stimulus control and the elimination of client risk. Results show the interview behavior of the trainees improved significantly; however, no improvement was found in ability to select the most empathic response. Implications for training programs and limitations of the study were discussed. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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