ERIC Number: ED261266
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Mar
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Factors Associated with Practicum Students' Engagement of Clients in Counseling.
Tryon, Georgiana Shick; Tryon, Warren W.
Fully addressing most problems clients bring to therapy usually requires more than one session. Some student therapists seem to be more capable than others of engaging clients and promoting more visits when warranted. To discover whether graduate admissions information can predict a psychologist-trainee's ability to readily engage clients, data were collected over a 6-year period from 43 clinical psychology practicum students. The data included: (1) an engagement quotient (EQ) which is the percentage of clients returning to the trainee for more than one session; (2) age; (3) Graduate Record Examination Verbal score (GREV); (4) Graduate Record Examination Quantitative score (GREQ); (5) Miller Analogies Test score (MAT); (6) grades from two clinical diagnosis courses; and (7) a new variable created by subtracting the GREQ score from the GREV score (GREV-GREQ). The results showed that all variables correlated significantly with EQ. Age had the most predictive value followed by GREV scores, GREV-GREQ, and MAT scores. These findings suggest that higher engaging trainees, relative to lower engagers, have better verbal and diagnostic skills and also tend to be older. It appears, from these results, that high engagers can be identified at admission to graduate school and from certain course grades. (DPO)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Graduate Record Examinations; Miller Analogies Test