Teaching counselor trainees how to respond consistently to client negative affect

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Abstract

Discusses the problem of teaching counselor trainees to respond consistently to client negative affect. A means of measuring the consistency of affective responding is described. 30 counselor trainees at the prepracticum level were randomly divided into 3 groups. The 1st 2 groups were taught how to respond consistently to client negative affect, and the 3rd group served as a control. Modeling and didactic teaching procedures were employed with the 1st 2 groups. When all the Ss counseled an angry role-playing client, the Ss in the 1st 2 groups responded more consistently to the negative affect than those in the control group. There was no difference in the consistency of responding between the modeling and didactic groups. (12 ref) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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