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ERIC Number: ED569305
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 179
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISBN: 978-1-3038-9552-4
Development and Evaluation of a Workshop for Student Therapists Working with Iranian-American Clients with an Emphasis on Women's Issues
Boustani, Ladan
ProQuest LLC, Psy.D. Dissertation, Alliant International University
It is essential for student therapists to have knowledge and to feel culturally competent working with Iranian-Americans. Increasing psychoeducation and cultural education is vital for therapists working with Iranian-American clients (Kaeni, 2006). Therefore, with respect to this population this research study asked the following two research questions. First, "Will attending a newly developed workshop on Iranian-American women significantly increase student therapists' knowledge of this minority group?" Second, "Will attending a newly developed workshop on Iranian-American women significantly increase student therapists' self-efficacy in working with Iranian-American female clients?" In light of this purpose, the researcher developed a workshop to enhance student therapists' knowledge and self-efficacy in working with Iranian-American female clients. The workshop was evaluated through a 3-hour presentation across three different Alliant International University campuses. A sample of 25 Couple and Family Therapy (CFT) students participated in the treatment group, while 11 Clinical Psychology students participated in the control group. Prior to participation in the workshop, participants from the treatment group completed an instrument that assessed for their knowledge of the Iranian culture. Subsequently, the participants completed the same assessment as well as an additional instrument that assessed for their self-efficacy after the workshop presentation. Participants from the control group followed the same steps as the treatment group; however, they did not receive the treatment. Treatment (attending the workshop) had a highly significant effect on posttest scores [F (1, 31)= 38.67, p < 0.000]. In addition, for the self-efficacy portion of the assessment, the mean score of participants in the treatment group reported to be 96.83 compared to the control group which reported to be 71.67. The results indicated that the treatment group responded with having significantly greater self-efficacy than the control group. The data strongly supported the primary goal of this study, which was to evaluate the relationship between a cultural sensitivity training workshop and the degree to which it is successful in preparing student therapists to work with Iranian-American female clients. Therefore, the results supported the premise that CFT student therapists can benefit from this cultural sensitivity workshop training as part of their graduate program in providing effective therapeutic services for their Iranian-American female clients. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Iran