February 27, 2013

Survey for professional helpers - please participate

Are you a professional helper, for example a therapist, coach, counselor or career counselor? Will you then please help me by taking a new survey? Through this survey I want to learn about the views and the work of professional helpers.

The survey will probably take you about 5 - 10 minutes. Your answers will be processed anonymously and confidentially. The results of this study will be published within a few weeks on this website.


  1. Hi Coert

    I started to complete the survey but I found it impossible to complete because of the absolute language "always", "never", "all clients". I can't answer such questions because I don't have the evidence - I haven't dealt with every possible client.

    My basic assumptions about any new client will be that they can change, but I'm prepared to be proved wrong. My beliefs about others are not expressed in such black-and-white terms.

  2. Ok, thanks for trying. There is, by the way in each case the option to answer that you disagree with the general statement. so if the statement is that all clients can change and you find that too absolute than you can answer that you don't fully agree, or may even totally disagree.

  3. I realise that I could be equivocal in my agreement or disagreement with the statements, but then I would be agreeing or disagreeing with the way the statement was phrased rather than the underlying sentiment of the statement. It would put me in the position where I might somewhat disagree with a statement such as "People can always change basic characteristics" whereas I would wholeheartedly agree with "People can almost always change basic characteristics"

    It's probably more telling about me than it is about your survey! I'm a pedant with commitment issues! :-)

  4. 'A pedant with commitment issues?' I hope that is not person-focused self-criticism, David :) (see http://solutionfocusedchange.blogspot.nl/2013/03/does-person-focused-criticism-work.html)

  5. On a more serious note, I think I understand your point.
    If I'd try to follow that thought I might formulate items like this:

    "People can almost always change basic characteristics"

    I am afraid that would introduce a new problem. For instance, imagine I am a respondent who thinks that people can actually ALWAYS change their basic characteristics.... than I'd have to answer something like slightly disagree or something like that.

    But how should the researcher understand this disagreement? Does the respondent think that people change their basic characteristic more or less often than 'almost always'.

    Because of these kinds of confustions a general prescriptive is to make items simple and unequivocal.

    But again, I understand your objection.


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