ERIC Number: ED233248
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983-Mar-21
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Perceptual Baseline Supervision: Beliefs/Practice Congruency.
Dobson, Judith E.; Dobson, Russell L.
Research relative to the personal beliefs of counselors and their counseling practices is scarce. By understanding the psychological/philosophical assumptions underlying their counseling, counselors can arrive at congruence between what they profess and how they counsel. In order to focus on counselor's personal attributes, appropriate instrumentation is needed. This paper describes the development of a two-part instrument designed to identify the degree of counselor congruency in educational beliefs and counseling practices. The Educational Beliefs System Inventory (EBSI), an instrument for clarifying stated teacher beliefs and practices, was modified for use with counselors; part 1 of the test is organized around seven "I believe" categories, with each subtest having an equal number of questions from distinct disciplines, e.g., behavioristic psychology or cognitive psychology. A second section of the test, designed to clarify counseling practice beliefs, a 69-item Counseling Practice Beliefs Inventory (CPBI), is composed of 6 subtests measuring areas such as the counseling relationship, counseling techniques, and the purpose of counseling. The processes involved in content validation (by a jury of experts), field testing, reliabiltiy calculations, and scoring (hand or machine), are discussed. The discussion section also describes the use of the results in counseling supervision. The complete EBSI and the CPBI are provided in the appendix along with a sample counselor profile derived from test results. (MCF)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
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Audience: Counselors; Administrators; Practitioners
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