The Effects of Mental Practice on Counseling Behaviors

RICHARD J. HAZLER, THOMAS E. HIPPLE

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Abstract

Neophyte counselors trained in the use of their own imagery to practice counseling interviews were compared with a similar group not receiving the training. The mental practice was hypothesized to have experiential value for neophyte counselors resulting in positive effects upon selected behaviors commonly found with counseling experience. Results indicated that the ability to discriminate differing levels of empathic responses, the ability to evaluate accurately one's own performance, and the amount of preinterview confidence were significantly higher for the mental practice group. However, the communication of empathy and the subjective evaluations of the counselors during the interview did not prove significantly higher. This article discusses the potential value of mental practice as a supplementary experiential training technique and some considerations for its use and further study. 1981 American Counseling Association

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)211-218
Number of pages8
JournalCounselor Education and Supervision
Volume20
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1981

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counselor
Counseling
counseling
Aptitude
Interviews
group practice
Imagery (Psychotherapy)
ability
interview
empathy
Teaching
confidence
Communication
communication
evaluation
performance
Counselors
Values
experience
Group

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology

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In: Counselor Education and Supervision, Vol. 20, No. 3, 03.1981, p. 211-218.

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