Empirical Evidence for the Importance of Conceptualizing Client Strengths
Version of Record online: 10 OCT 2013
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The Journal of Humanistic Counseling
Volume 52, Issue 2, pages 146–163, October 2013
How to Cite
WELFARE, L. E., FARMER, L. B. and LILE, J. J. (2013), Empirical Evidence for the Importance of Conceptualizing Client Strengths. Jrnl Humanistic Counseling, 52: 146–163. doi: 10.1002/j.2161-1939.2013.00039.x
- Issue online: 10 OCT 2013
- Version of Record online: 10 OCT 2013
- Received 02/24/10; Revised 11/19/10; Accepted 12/31/10
- strengths-based counseling;
- case conceptualization;
- counselor cognitions
Case conceptualizations from 120 counselors-in-training and post-master's-level counselors were examined for inclusion of positive and negative client characteristics. Conceptualizations of clients with whom counselors felt effective were more positive than negative, whereas conceptualizations of clients with whom counselors felt less effective were more negative than positive. Differences across counseling specialization, duration of counseling experience, and counselor cognitive complexity were explored.