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ERIC Number: ED419183
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Apr-3
Pages: 24
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In Search of Empathy within Multicultural Counseling Process.
Steward, Robbie J.; Jackson, James; Neil, Douglas; Jo, Hanik; Nehring, Sarah; Grondin, Kelly
Empathy has been defined as the single most important dimension in establishing a counseling relationship. This paper describes a study that compares counselor trainees' and a general population of African American males' empathy ratings of racially mixed videotaped counseling sessions. The report addresses the following questions: "Do African American males perceive counselors' expressed empathy differently than counselor trainees when viewing counseling sessions between a White counselor and an African American male client?"; "Is there a significant relationship between counselor trainees' perceptions of multicultural counseling competence and ratings of White competence and expressed empathy in a session with an African American male client?"; and "Is there a significant relationship between counselors' use of microcounseling skills and counselor trainees' perception of multicultural counseling competency?" Participants included 11 White counselor trainees aged 22-47 involved in masters level work and 11 African American males ages 24-43 years with no counseling training. Both groups viewed six 15-25 minute videotaped counseling sessions. Findings suggest large differences between counselor trainees' perception of counselors' expressions of empathy and African American males' perceptions of counselor-expressed empathy. A significant relationship existed between counselor trainees' perception of multicultural counseling competency and ratings of counselors' expressed empathy. Due to the differences in ratings between the two groups, the relationship between empathy ratings and perceptions of multicultural counseling competencies require future study. (MKA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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