December 12, 2007

Effects on counselors

Research on the effects of different therapy, coaching, consultancy or counseling approaches usually focuses on the effects for clients: are they helped, is there progress, did they accomplish their goals, etc?). Preliminary evidence shows that the solution-focused approach does rather well. It seems to be at least as effective as other approaches, it is very broadly applicable and results are usually achieved much faster. To my knowledge, less is know about effects on the professionals themselves. What is known about the effects on professionals of using the solution-focused approach? I know of one article that addresses this question directly: Solution-focused counseling groups: The results are in. This article examines the effects on counselors and found this:
Those who had adopted the solution-focused model (solution-focused counselors) reported less perceived emotional exhaustion than did those (other counselors) who did not adopt the model although the difference was nog significant. Solution-focused counselors reported less depersonalization than did other counselors. Solution-focused counselors reported more perceived personal accomplishment than did other counselors. The consistently positive feedback from counselors makes this approach a promising one. Many counselors shared that they liked the concepts of solution-focused groups, found them to be time-effective, and that they planned to implement more of these groups the following year.
This fits well with my experience. Does anyone know of more of this type of research? It's welcome.
Thanks to Thorana Nelson for helping me find this

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