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Title: Peer counselling vs. role-playing: utility of two therapeutic skills training methods in clinical psychology
Author: Ruiz Rodríguez, José
Bados López, Arturo
Fusté Escolano, Adela
García Grau, Eugeni
Saldaña García, Carmina
Balaguer Fort, Gemma
Lluch Canut, Ma. Teresa
Arcos, M. (Maria del Mar)
Keywords: Psicologia clínica
Influència social
Clinical psychology
Social influence
Issue Date: Jan-2018
Publisher: Facultad de Psicología de la Universidad de Oviedo y el Colegio Oficial de Psicólogos del Principado de Asturias
Abstract: Background: training programmes for clinical psychologists should include evidence-based teaching methods that enable trainees to learn therapeutic skills. Here we compared the perceived utility of role-playing vs. peer counselling. In peer counselling, one student recounts a personal experience to the other, who thus has the opportunity to act as the therapist in relation to a real situation. Given that sharing such personal experiences may provoke discomfort in students, we also examined this aspect. Method: trainees (n=202) were given both role-play and peer counselling activities as a way of practising empathy and active listening. After completing the skills training programme they completed a questionnaire to assess the extent to which each method had helped them to develop their self-awareness and to acquire these therapeutic skills. Results: in general, peer counselling was considered more useful than role-playing for enhancing self-awareness and personal growth, as well as for learning these professional skills. Regarding the discomfort experienced by students, our data suggest that any initial reluctance to share personal experiences is outweighed by the personal and professional benefits obtained. Conclusions: our results indicate that experiential learning involving emotionally charged situations is an effective way of teaching therapeutic skills to clinical and health psychology trainees.
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It is part of: Psicothema, 2018, vol. 30, num. 1, p. 21-26
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ISSN: 0214-9915
Appears in Collections:Articles publicats en revistes (Infermeria de Salut Pública, Salut mental i Maternoinfantil)

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