ERIC Number: ED394087
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Aug-13
Relationship-Centered Counseling: The Integrative Interaction of Relationship and Technique.
Kelly, Eugene W., Jr.
Efforts toward integration and eclecticism in counseling and psychotherapy reflect continuing interest in systematically blending theoretical commonalties and eclectically using a variety of techniques across different schools of therapy in the hope of achieving a constituent working model that pools the strengths of different theories and techniques. The purposes of this paper are: (1) to outline the philosophical and theoretical principles on which the higher-order integrative conceptualization of relationship-centered counseling is based; and (2) to highlight the joint interaction of relational and technical components in light of recent counseling process and client change research. First, the major principles of relationship-centered counseling are developed. Second the philosophical basis for integrating the in-depth humanistic/relational ground and purpose of counseling with the multiple human and technical operations that constitute the counseling process in action are presented. Finally, the paper discusses relevant key findings from a broad range of counseling process and outcome research that elucidate how the relationship-centered perspective undergirds the joint interaction of relationship and task/technique elements in counseling practice. Contains 92 references. (JBJ)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: George Washington Univ., Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association (103rd, New York, NY, August 11-15, 1995).