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An evaluation of the long-term outcomes of small-group work for counsellor development

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Abstract:

A questionnaire was designed which enquired into the long-term professional applications and outcomes of Rogerian small-group and Tavistock Group Dynamics training. The 92 respondents were graduates of either a Master's degree or a Diploma in Human Relations or Counselling Studies in a university course where a â–˜small-groupâ–™ module was a compulsory element of the taught course. Respondents were drawn from graduates of these one-year full-time or two-year part-time courses over a 21-year period. All respondents were involved either directly in professional or voluntary counselling, in the application of counselling skills in their work, or in training in counselling and counselling skills at work. The respondents reported no loss of learning gains over time: ascribed the application of many specific counselling skills to the small-group training process; reported on the affective component of the learning process; and provided only minimal evidence of forms of psychological damage which could be directly ascribed to the experience. These outcomes have to be considered in the light of the relatively low response rate of 33% and the difficulties in monitoring the precise behaviour of the facilitators in the groups.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03069889900760081

Affiliations: Centre for the Study of Human Relations, University of Nottingham, University Park, Nottingham, NG7 2RD, UK

Publication date: February 1, 1999

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