Application Of Counselor Competence For Person Centered And Experiential Psychotherapy

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Conceptualization This reliability study was designed to test the inter-rater reliability of a newly developed measure of counselor competence for person-centered and experiential psychotherapy techniques. Developed by the authors in hopes of improving counselor training and supervision outcomes for therapists specializing in a person-centered approach, the Person-Centered and Experiential Psychotherapy Scale (PCEPS) is a rating scale containing two sub-scales (the person-centered subscale and experiential subscale) with which trained observers can rate the adherence and competence of therapists to a person-centered approach. The aim of this study was to investigate whether inter-rater agreement existed in ratings of therapists on the Person-Centered and Experiential Psychotherapy Scale (PCEPS). The procedure for conducting this reliability study was based upon the procedures followed in existing research to validate other scales related to person-centered therapy competency. Truax and Carkhuff’s (1967) Scales for Therapist Accurate Empathy, Nonpossessive Warmth, and Genuineness were created to measure therapist traits and competencies through live observations or recordings of therapy sessions. Waltz et al. (1993) further advised that therapy sessions of practitioners be recorded so as to facilitate treatment integrity checks. This has been used most notably in investigations of Rogerian therapeutic relationships (examining empathy, unconditional positive regard, and

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