ERIC Number: EJ931502
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Aug
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 15
Therapeutic Change: The Raison D'etre for Counseling Competence
Mollen, Debra; Kelly, Shannon M.; Ridley, Charles R.
Counseling Psychologist, v39 n6 p918-927 Aug 2011
In this rejoinder, the authors respond to the comments, feedback, and suggestions offered by Hatcher, Miville, and Nutt. The authors clarify a possible point of confusion, reaffirm their contention that the crux of sound psychology practice rests on therapists' ability to facilitate change with their clients, and acknowledge both the progressive development that characterizes the process of becoming a competent counselor and the problem of assuming advanced training alone can compensate for the limitations inherent in the microskills-only approach to training. Next, the authors address the issue of complexity, including their intention to balance the need to provide a coherent, accessible model that does not fall prey to oversimplification. Finally, the authors note key similarities to and differences from the competency benchmarks and invite their colleagues to join them in the rigorous testing needed to validate their model of counseling competence.
Descriptors: Counselor Training, Allied Health Personnel, Goal Orientation, Change Agents, Counselor Client Relationship, Psychotherapy, Models, Professional Development, Time Perspective
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