ERIC Number: ED230859
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Value-Free Therapy?: An Empirical Review.
Gram, Anita M.
This paper reviews the literature dealing with therapist neutrality or value-free treatment processes, and proposes that therapist values do play a major role in therapy. Supposed therapist neutrality in psychoanalyses, behavior therapy, and client-centered therapy is explored. The role of therapist values in client selection is discussed, and the client qualities reportedly preferred by therapists (i.e, young, attractive, verbal, successful, intelligent) are outlined. The influence of therapist values in client goal-setting and values changes is discussed. Studies reflecting the clash of counselor-client values are highlighted; and implications for therapy are proposed, including the need for counselor awareness and open discussion of values, and therapy for counselors. (Author/JAC)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the Southwestern Psychological Association (28th, Dallas, TX, April 15-17, 1982).