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Research indicates an increasing number of training programs, teaching trainees to establish an adequate working alliance with clients. Such programs appear effective, but suffer from methodological shortcomings. As a response, a training program for undergraduate psychology students has been designed at the University of Windsor. The current study is assessing the effectiveness of the program. The program was formulated in an experiential-integrated fashion. Twenty-four advanced psychology students underwent twelve weeks of training. Students practiced with volunteers in 45-minute counseling sessions in four occasions throughout the program. The program outcome was reflected in the improvement of helping skills compared to baseline, rated by trainees and "clients". Results show significant improvements of trainees' ability to establish a supportive working relationship with the clients, as well as a trend of improvement in dealing with their own anxieties. Findings indicate the course was successful and propose improvements for future implementations.
Andreescu, Andreea Cristina, "Training counselors: An efficacy study of a new teaching method" (2008). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 8011.