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ERIC Number: ED398513
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Pages: 19
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Responsive Therapy: An Integrational Approach.
Gerber, Sterling K.
Responsive therapy is an integrative model that uses a variety of intervention models, each in its own theory-pure context. This article addresses some major misdirections in the counseling profession and discusses ways that responsive therapy can help correct these misdirections. For at least two generations, counseling has professed that the client is important, knowledgeable, and capable of change. But due to a professional shift, these assumptions are no longer apparent in training or practice. Emphasis on a fulfillment bias has switched back to a medical model, seemingly dictated by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders and third-party payment restrictions, which has been accompanied by a certain rigidity in counseling practices. Responsive therapy permits intentional responsiveness to unique client circumstances and styles while delivering service in a theory-pure, maximally effective manner. This integrational approach answers both the criticism of inflexibility of unidirectional discipleship approaches and the lack of consistency in theory-poor eclecticism. Similarly, this approach removes diagnosis from therapy, allowing for its importance in accounting, research, and in staffing cases, while avoiding the ills of pejorative labeling and categorical treatments. (RJM)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
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Language: English
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