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ERIC Number: ED322447
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
Pages: 21
Abstractor: N/A
Self-Efficacy and Counseling Skills.
Thomas, Arthur H.; And Others
Competence in interpersonal communication skills has been emphasized as a necessity among human service professionals and this emphasis has resulted in an increasing number of counseling psychology and counselor education programs including a course in interpersonal skills training as part of their curriculum. The purpose of this study was to explore whether participation in a counseling skills course can alter the trainees' self-efficacy beliefs such that they engage in these skills with greater confidence as measured by both trainees and instructors. Beginning master's level students (N=46) in counseling psychology were enrolled in a microcounseling laboratory course. Counseling trainees' self-efficacy appraisals and instructors' behavioral observations of the trainees were measured before and after their first masters level counseling skills course. The findings suggest that such training does make a difference in perceived self-efficacy. There was an increase in perceived self-efficacy for all skills and the perceived self-efficacy for those skills taught increased significantly more than for those skills not taught. These findings support the contention that the confidence level of students in performing counseling skills can be increased through training in general and through training in specific skills considered to be important by the counselor educator. The results also showed that males perceived higher levels of self-efficacy, both before and after the training, than did females. (NB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A