ERIC Number: ED275916
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Computer-Simulated Psychotherapy as an Aid in Teaching Clinical Psychology.
Suler, John R.
This document explains the use of Eliza, a widely known computer program that reacts to the user by simulating the responses of a psychotherapist, as a teaching aid in undergraduate clinical psychology courses. The methods for conducting the exercise, for integrating it into the course syllabus, and for evaluating its impact on students are discussed. Feedback from students who participated in the exercise is presented and methods for improving the exercise are listed. It is noted that having students interact with the program can enhance their understanding of interviewing and psychotherapy, the contrasts between clinical interactions controlled by humans or by computers, and the role computers may play in the mental health field. Other software that may be used as teaching aids in clinical psychology courses is briefly reviewed. (Author/NB)
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 (94th, Washington, DC, August 22-26, 1986).