ERIC Number: EJ855441
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 18
The Evaluation of Participants' Perceptions of Session Impact: Do Counselors-in-Training, Volunteer Clients, and Extra-Credit/Class Required Clients View Session Impact Differently?
Beckenbach, John; Patrick, Shawn; Sells, Jim
British Journal of Guidance & Counselling, v37 n4 p485-493 2009
Training programmes frequently recruit students from undergraduate classes to serve as clients for counselors-in-training. Some of these clients receive external incentives for this participation, such as extra-credit or expectation of fulfilling a course requirement. It is unknown however whether or not this external incentive influences the perception of these sessions for clients and also for the counselor-in-training. This article describes a study examining the impact of external incentive on client and counselor-in-training session evaluation ratings. Some differences in perceptions for both counselors and clients were found between sessions involving extra-credit and those not involving extra-credit. The training and ethical implications related to these findings is discussed.
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Client Characteristics (Human Services), Participant Satisfaction, Counselor Training, College Credits, Incentives, Response Style (Tests), Student Volunteers, Questionnaires, Client Characteristics, Participant Characteristics, Comparative Testing
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
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