The impact of a supervisor-generated metaphor on the clinical hypothesis formation skills of counselors-in-training

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J. Scott Young, Professor and Chair (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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L. DiAnne Borders

Abstract: The purpose of this study was to assess the impact that a narrative analogy metaphor, when generated by a counselor supervisor, would have on the clinical hypothesis formation skills of counselors-in-training. Thirty first year, second semester, masters level counselors-in-training (25 female and 5 male) comprised the sample which consisted of 27 Whites, 2 African Americans, and 1 Asian American. A ~ test comparison between the two treatment groups (metaphorical communication versus literal communication) who viewed videotaped analogues of a counselor and supervisor discussing a client, revealed that there were no statistically significant differences in the groups ability to generate clinical hypotheses. There were also no significant differences in how the supervisors were viewed with regard to the social influence dimensions of Expertness, Attractiveness, and Trustworthiness. The p value for the Expertness subscale, however, did approach significance at .0544. Further, a power calculation indicated that the Expertness dimension had power of .766, suggesting that if a larger sample had been obtained, significant differences between the treatment groups may have been found.

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Language: English
Date: 1996
Counselors $x Training of
Metaphor $x Therapeutic use
Counselors $x Supervision of

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