Effects of practice and some methodological considerations in training counseling interviewing skills

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Studied 3 areas of counseling interview training (the role of practice, the use of modeling, and evaluation procedures) in 51 university students from a counseling class. Ss were randomly assigned to 5 training conditions: (a) audiovisual model followed by practice, (b) audiovisual model followed by no practice, (c) written model followed by practice, (d) written model followed by no practice, and (e) a comparison training group. Ss' responses to an audiotape of structured interview segments were evaluated, and outcome measures were the frequencies of total and preferred use of open-ended questions, tacting response, and silence. The frequencies for both the total use and total preferred use of interviewing skills were significantly higher for Ss in the practice training condition than in the no-practice training condition regardless of the model. The effects of the research methodologies currently in use are dicussed in light of the results of this study. (25 ref) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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