ERIC Number: ED212923
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Correspondence between Planned and Subsequent Use of Interventions in Treatment.
Rosen, Aaron; Mutschler, Elizabeth
The multidimensional nature of counseling and psychotherapeutic treatment and the wide choice of intervention strategies underscore the desirability of conducting treatment according to preformulated treatment plans. The extent of correspondence between counselors' pretreatment plans for using each of 14 intervention strategies and their subsequent use in treatment was examined for a group of 6 counselors and 41 clients. Counselors completed a treatment plan for each of their clients, indicating the client's problems and the extent to which the counselor planned to use each of the 14 interventions for each problem in each of three phases of treatment. These ratings were then compared to counselors' post-treatment ratings of the extent of actual use. Results indicated that the extent of correspondence was moderated by the phase of treatment and by problem area. High correspondence was found for the initial and last phases of treatment, and for working on personal and situational client problems, as distinct from interpersonal and marital problems. Of the 14 intervention strategies whose extent of use was rated by counselors before and after treatment, half evidenced high correspondence. The findings suggest that neither the substantive nature of the strategy nor the extent of its overall use in treatment seem related to correspondence. (Author/NRB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (89th, Los Angeles, CA, August 24-26, 1981).