EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING OF BASIC PSYCHOTHERAPY SKILLS: A CASE STUDY IN A ROMANIAN UNIVERSITY
GEANINA CUCU-CIUHAN*a, NICOLETA RĂBAN-MOTOUNUa
aUniversity of Pitesti, Department of Psychology and Communication Sciences
The paper presents the results of a one semester training program for third year undergraduate psychology students that had the purpose to enhance their basic psychotherapeutic skills (empathy, congruence, and non-conditional acceptance of the client). The research is a pre-post-test quasi-experimental design on undergraduate psychology students (N=59) aged 18 to 44. Aspects regarding professional competencies were assessed using the NEO Personality Inventory – Revised, the Profile of Emotional Distress, and the Proactive Coping Scale. To test for changes in their dimensions between the two experimental moments, the paired sample t-test was used. Statistical data analysis revealed significant improvements (p<0.05; small to medium size effects) in terms of openness, positive emotions, proactive coping skills, and changes on some facets of NEO PI-R Neuroticism dimension.
Cuvinte cheie: învățare experiențială, psuhoterapie, abilități, formare.
Keywords: experiential learning, psychotherapy, skills, training.
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