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Volume 25, Number 3, July 2003

1. Research: The Effects of Assessment Feedback on Rapport-building and Self-enhancement Processes (Pages 165-181)

Andrea Allen; Marilyn Montgomery; Jonathan Tubman; Leslie Frazier; Luis Escovar

An experiment was conducted to test the effects of assessment feedback on rapport and selfenhancement. After adult participants (N = 83) completed the Millon Index of Personality Styles, the experimental group was given personalized assessment feedback; the control group received only general information about the inventory. After the session, all rapport-related scores (positive evaluations of examiner and session) and most of the self-enhancement-related scores (accurate mirroring, self-esteem, self-competence, and self-understanding) were significantly higher in the group that received assessment feedback. These results suggest that both processes are mechanisms by which the provision of assessment feedback produces positive change. Implications for mental health counselors are drawn. Full Article

2. The Experience of Grief After Bereavement: A Phenomenological Study with Implications for Mental Health Counseling (Pages 183-203)

Elizabeth D. Muller; Charles L. Thompson

Phenomenological methods were used to explore the experience of grief after bereavement. Nine bereaved adults volunteered to participate in open-ended interviews in which they were asked to discuss their experience of grief after the death of a loved one. An analysis of the interviews revealed the following themes in the experience of grief after bereavement: Coping, Affect, Change, Relationship, and Details. Implications for the practice of mental health counseling are discussed. Full Article

3. Using Music Therapy Techniques to Treat Teacher Burnout (Pages 204-217)

James R. Cheeck; Loretta J. Bradley; Gerald Parr; William Lan

This study was conducted to determine the effectiveness of music therapy techniques as an intervention for teacher burnout. Of the 51 elementary school teachers who participated in the study, 25 were from a school undergoing comprehensive reform, and 26 were from a school employing traditional grade-level classrooms and teaching strategies. Each participant completed pretest and posttest instruments. In addition, there were two treatment groups, either cognitive behavioral/music therapy or cognitive behavioral therapy. Results of the study indicated that teachers who participated in school-based counseling groups, using music therapy techniques in conjunction with cognitive behavioral interventions, reported lower levels of burnout symptoms than teachers in school-based counseling groups using cognitive behavioral interventions only. Implications for mental health counseling are discussed. Full Article

4. Assessing Outcome in Practice Settings: A Primer and Example From an Eating Disorders Program (Pages 218-232)

Darcy Haag Granello; Laura Hill

All segments of the behavioral healthcare system are increasingly being called upon to demonstrate the effectiveness of their treatment. This article outlines a type of research study, the effectiveness study, that can be implemented quite easily and inexpensively and can provide a measure of treatment success. The article discusses choice-points for engaging in an effectiveness study and gives suggestions for research decisions.A small-scale study conducted at a partial hospitalization unit for eating disorders is used as an example.The information on designing and implementing a research program and the example provided are intended to assist practitioners and program administrators who are considering engaging in their own outcome research. Full Article

5. Practice: Counseling Older Adults with HIV/AIDS: A Strength-Based Model of Treatment (Pages 233-244)

Silvia Orsulic-Jeras; J. Brad Shepherd; Paul J. Britton

This article outlines a strength-based assessment and treatment model applicable for the mental health counseling of those aging with HIV. By focusing on the specific areas of life where clients are functioning effectively, this model works to decrease attention to pathology and stigma and, subsequently, works to empower clients to concentrate on areas of their lives that are controllable. Full Article

6. Professional Exchange: September 11th Survivors and the Refugee Model (Pages 245-258)

Rick A. Myer; Holly Moore; Tammy L. Hughes

This article compares the experience of people working in the area of the World Trade Centers (WTC) on September 11th to the experience of refugees. The refugee model provides a better description of survivors’ experience than a diagnostic model. The author’s service provision for an organization adjacent to the WTC after September 11th serves as a basis for suggesting this alternative perspective. Positive and negative aspects of diagnosing victims of disasters are discussed both in general and specifically related to post-traumatic stress disorder. Information regarding the refugee experience is presented and related to the experience of WTC survivors. Implications for framing the treatment process in similar disasters are suggested. Full Article

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