Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The Effectiveness of a Client-Centered Approach Training Program for Substance Use Professionals
by Hawkins, Beth Marie, D.S.W., Aurora University, 2020, 109; 27837727
Abstract (Summary)

There is a gap in research knowledge regarding the use of the client-centered approach with individuals experiencing substance use disorders. This researcher takes a closer look at providing a client-centered curriculum with substance use professionals. This pre-experimental research utilized a pre/post-test design. A convenience sample of 18 comprised Master of Social Work alumni who completed the Certified Alcohol Drug Counselor certificate program at Aurora University; and substance use professionals from two substance use treatment agencies in Aurora and Chicago. Training participants were videotaped using the client-centered approach (Rogers, 1958) during mock role plays before and after the training. The Therapist Empathy Scale (TES) (Decker, Nich, Carroll & Martino, 2014) and the Person-Centred Process subscale (PCPS) of the Person-Centred and Experiential Psychotherapy Scale (Freire, Elliot & Westwell, 2013) were used to score training participants’ client-centered practice skills and empathy skills. There was significant improvement with the total TES post-test mean score, t (17) = -3.001, p .008, and significant improvement with the total PCPS post-test mean score, t (17) = -2.845, p = .011. The training participants with master's degrees experienced greater improvement on the TES at post-test than those without master's degrees (t (15) = -.2.528, p = - .023). The small convenience sample resulted in limited study generalizability; thus, more research is needed. Implications include that client-centered training could be beneficial with substance use professionals, individuals with substance use disorders, social work students, educators, and field instructors.

Key words: client-centered training, substance use professionals, substance use disorder

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Bruhn, Christina M.
Commitee: Barnwell, Brenda J., Knapp, Daniel
School: Aurora University
Department: Social Work
School Location: United States -- Illinois
Source: DAI-A 81/12(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Social work, Social studies education, Counseling Psychology, Clinical psychology
Keywords: Client-Centered Training, Illinois Substance Use Disorder Act, Social Work Education, Substance Use Disorder, Substance Use Professionals, Substance Use Training
Publication Number: 27837727
ISBN: 9798662319653
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