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Dissertation

A Comparison of Two Methods of Training Therapists

11 December 2006

Abstract

There has been little research on the relationship between specific aspects of -' training programs and therapy outcome (Stein & Lambert, 1995). There is substantial evidence in the literature that indicates that behavioral modeling training (BMT) can be effective in teaching interpersonal skills. The creators ofBMT, which is based on social learning theory (Bandura, 1977), proposed that learning occurs through observations and imitation ofthe behavior of others. It is likely that utilizing the components ofBMT will improve the training of therapists. Based on the literature, a BMT program was devised to address the effectiveness and feasibility of modeling and immediate feedback to enhance client outcomes and therapist skill. Therapists in training were randomly assigned to either a teaching only group (control) or a teaching group that also included modeling and immediate feedback. Both groups received didactic instruction on the intervention of cognitive restructuring. A pilot study was conducted to determine whether it was feasible and practical to study the effects of therapist training in the clinic with appropriate clients. The pilot study indicated some problems in implementation that must be taken into account before the full program is executed.


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