Asymmetry in internal dialogue, core assumptions, valence of self statements and counselor trainee effectiveness

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Paula Helen Stanley (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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William W. Purkey

Abstract: Relationships among selected cognitive characteristics (asymmetry in internal dialogue, core assumptions, and valence of self statements) of UNCG counselor trainees and counselor effectiveness were investigated. Research indicates limited support that these selected cognitive characteristics are related to a counselor trainee's ability to demonstrate counselor effectiveness (Fuqua et al., 1986; Morran, 1986). Forty counselor trainees from the UNC-Greensboro counselor education program were participants for the study. Participants completed four measures of cognitive characteristics: (1) Automatic Thoughts Questionnaire (Kendall, Howard & Hays, 1989), which measures proportion of positive thinking; (2) Dysfunctional Attitudes Scale (Beck, 1976), which measures core assumptions; (3) Task Distractive subscale, which measures self-focused self statements of a negative valence (Fuqua et al., 1986; and (4) Task Facilitative subscale (Fuqua et al., 1986), which measures task-focused self statements. Each of the 40 trainees audiotaped session number three with a client. Immediately after the taped session, each client rated the counselor trainee using the Barrett-Lennard Relationship Inventory (BLRI) (Barrett-Lennard, 1986), a measure of a counselor's ability to demonstrate the "core" conditions (level of regard, unconditionality, empathy, and congruence) which are considered to be important in establishing and maintaining an effective counseling relationship. Three trained external observers (UNCG counseling students) also rated each subject's taped counseling session.

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Language: English
Date: 1991
Counselors $x Training of
Cognitive styles
Counselor and client

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