The effects of individual goal setting and feedback on the verbal skills of individuals in a counselor training group



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A methodology that focuses on individual action would be a welcome addition to present research activities in Counseling Psychology. Such a methodology can aid practitioners in their practical concerns of understanding and modifying behaviors of individuals in everyday social settings. This study employs such a methodology. A changing criterion single case design which focuses on increasing certain verbal behaviors of individuals in counselor training groups is used. Seventeen single case studies were conducted using goal setting and feedback to increase the proportion of therapeutic statements made by group members. Therapeutic statements were assessed using an original observation system designed for this study. Results were mixed with some participants achieving better goal attainment than others. Implications for future research are discussed.



Group psychotherapy