The dance of change: stages, research history, the client-therapist relationship, and implications for training

Smallwood, Catherine L. (2005) The dance of change: stages, research history, the client-therapist relationship, and implications for training. Masters thesis, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

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Abstract

The need for change is all around us. Failure to make healthy lifestyle changes has led to a compromised quality of life for many individuals. Why do some people find change so difficult? This study, through a recursive process of examining the literature, writing, and reflecting on personal experiences, investigates the process of self-initiated change, and the role that psychotherapy plays in this process. Four topics are highlighted: The Stage of Change model is used to explore the blocks and challenges to change; the history of psychotherapy research is viewed, surveying the effectiveness of counselling and therapy; the client-therapist relationship is discussed, emphasizing the important part it plays in facilitating change; and the implications of this relationship for training are considered.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
URI: http://research.library.mun.ca/id/eprint/11442
Item ID: 11442
Additional Information: Bibliography: leaves 113-149.
Department(s): Education, Faculty of
Date: 2005
Date Type: Submission
Library of Congress Subject Heading: Change (Psychology); Psychotherapist and patient; Psychotherapists--Training of.

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