What do clients learn from counseling?

Burnett, Paul C. & Van Dorssen, Linda (2000) What do clients learn from counseling? International Journal for the Advancement of Counselling, 22(3), pp. 241-254.

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Thirty-five clients who received counseling participated in this exploratory study by completing a letter to a friend that described in as much detail as possible what they had learned from counseling. The participants’ written responses were analyzed using a content analysis approach. The analysis indicated that the data were best categorized in terms of three broad areas of learnings (Self, Relations with Others, and the Process of Learning and Change). The Self taxonomy was found to consist of six hierarchical levels. The Relations with Others taxonomy consisted of five hierarchical levels, while the Process of Learning and Change taxonomy consisted of five hierarchical levels. The results suggested that these three taxonomies offer a promising and exciting way to view the impact of counseling within a learning framework. If these taxonomies are found to be stable in future research and clients are easily classified using the taxonomies then this approach may have implications for counseling. It may well be that to maximise the learnings counselors could use specific strategies and techniques to enhance their clients’ learning in the three areas.

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ID Code: 26925
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Counseling, Self taxonomy, Relations with Others,, Process of Learning, Change
DOI: 10.1023/A:1005611704610
ISSN: 1573-3246
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Division of Research and Commercialisation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2000 Springer
Deposited On: 25 Aug 2009 01:22
Last Modified: 25 Aug 2009 01:22

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