Report of an internship conducted at the Memorial University Counselling Centre including a research project entitled: a partial replication and extension of Short's (1991) study of the relationship between initial client and counsellor perceptions

Rose, Patricia Anne Lannon (1992) Report of an internship conducted at the Memorial University Counselling Centre including a research project entitled: a partial replication and extension of Short's (1991) study of the relationship between initial client and counsellor perceptions. Masters thesis, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

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Abstract

The internship at the Memorial University Counselling Centre, St. John's, Newfoundland, was a valuable learning experience for the intern. During the 13 week placement the intern counselled 30 clients on a variety of concerns -- personal, career, and academic. She co-led an assertiveness training group for six weeks and worked as a Career Information Assistant for five hours each week. In addition, the intern benefited from the professional supervision at the centre, videotaping of sessions, and participation in case conferencing. Overall, the internship experience provided the intern with the opportunity to enhance and refine her counselling skills and gain an appreciation for counselling research by conducting a study in this setting. -- The research study was conducted with 29 of the intern's clients who gave informed consent. This study partially replicated and extended Short's (1991) investigation of the relationship between initial client and counsellor perceptions. Following the first, third, and fifth sessions, the intern and her clients completed the Counsellor/Client Post-Counselling Form (CPF). The CPF can be divided into six corresponding factors for counsellor and client. Results revealed a significant positive relationship on the initial session between perceptions of each other as measured by the CPF. Significant changes were found over time on three of six factors for the counsellor and on two of six factors for the clients. Significant differences were found between counsellor and client ratings on four of six factors for the first session and three of six factors for both the third and fifth sessions. A comparison of male and female client ratings showed female client ratings to be significantly higher than those of males on two factors for the third session. The results showed no significant difference in client perceptions of the counsellor based on their perceptions of age difference and no significant relationship between counselor and client ratings for those clients who terminated prematurely. Recommendations for further study are included.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
URI: http://research.library.mun.ca/id/eprint/5171
Item ID: 5171
Additional Information: Bibliography: leaves 135-158.
Department(s): Education, Faculty of
Date: 1992
Date Type: Submission
Geographic Location: Canada--Newfoundland and Labrador
Library of Congress Subject Heading: Student counselors--In-service training--Newfoundland and Labrador; Educational counseling

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