As the Vision 20/20 task force concluded, the professional relationship is central to counseling. However, the ACA Code of Ethics also guides counselors toward using scientific treatments. This session will articulate how counseling professionals can embrace BOTH relationship factors AND scientific research. Ten different evidence-based relationship factors will be reviewed and illustrated. Opportunities for hands-on practice and discussion of cross-cultural validity will be provided.
There is a long history of research on interpersonal or relationship factors that are related to counseling and psychotherapy outcomes. Originally, these factors were described as "non-specific factors." As such, they were viewed as pan-theoretical factors that contributed to positive outcomes across all counseling and psychotherapy approaches. They were also viewed as not particularly measurable. However, over the past two decades, more recent research in counseling and psychology has resulted in re-naming these factors as "evidence-based" or "empirically supported" relationships. Much of the research on these evidence-based relationships is action research or treatment outcomes research. Perhaps what's most important is that evidence-based relationship factors are absolutely central to the ACA's formal definition of counseling. As a consequence, this research base constitutes the heart of what counselors do and going forward, it can become the foundation for future counseling research. This educational presentation links research to practice, but also provides information and experiences that will link counseling practice back to research.
Participants will be able to articulate and discuss the research foundation underlying evidence-based relationship factors in counseling.
Participants will be able to describe the concrete manifestation of evidence-based relationship factors and how they sound and look during counseling sessions.
Participants will practice and be able to integrate a clearer and more powerful version of at least three evidence-based relationship factors into their counseling practice.