Learning journals as a counseling strategy

Burnett, Paul C. & David, Meacham (2002) Learning journals as a counseling strategy. Journal of Counseling and Development, 80(4), pp. 410-416.

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The effects of counseling have been subject to extensive examination including the meta-analyses of Lipsey and Wilson (1993) and Matt and Navarro (1997). The results of these analyses demonstrated the positive effects of counseling interventions but do not indicate how, when, and why these benefits eventuated (Paul, 1967; Shadish & Sweeney, 1991), nor do they consider mediating variables. Much of the research in this area has involved the measurement of quantitative behavioral outcomes and short-term behavioral change (Steenbarger & Smith, 1996). However, there has been a recent move toward more qualitative, process-orientated research (Polkingthorne, 1994). This move addresses the previous methodological myopia but neglects the place of learning in the counseling process. It is suggested that if learning is viewed as underpinning all counseling, then clients should be able to transfer what they have learned from the counseling experience to problematical situations without the need for further counseling.

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ID Code: 28063
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Counselling, Learning, Journal, Reflective thought
ISSN: 0748-9633
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Division of Research and Commercialisation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2002 American Counseling Association
Deposited On: 20 Oct 2009 04:28
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2011 16:06

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