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Subject/Keyword
addiction
counselling
therapist effectiveness
Type of item
Thesis
Degree grantor
University of Alberta
Author or creator
Kees, Jennifer G.
Supervisor and department
Truscott, Derek (Educational Psychology)
Examining committee member and department
Truscott, Derek (Educational Psychology)
Buck, George (Educational Psychology)
Wallace, Kevin (Educational Psychology)
Department
Department of Educational Psychology
Specialization
Counselling Psychology
Date accepted
2015-11-25T14:27:08Z
Graduation date
2016-06
Degree
Master of Education
Degree level
Master's
Abstract
While research has demonstrated no differences in effectiveness between the different types of addictions treatments, differences have been found for effectiveness between counsellors. Research has shown that some counsellors who treat addictions, consistently achieve better results than others, a finding that is echoed in general psychotherapy research. At this time, little is known about what specifically contributes to some addiction counsellors being more effective than others. This qualitative study, through the use of Interpretive Phenomenological Analysis (IPA), seeks to gain a deeper understanding of highly effective addiction counsellors’ contributions to positive therapeutic experiences with their clients. Addiction counsellors identified by peer-nomination as being highly effective were interviewed and the data was analyzed based on principles of IPA. The results suggest that highly effective addiction counsellors’ contributions to positive therapeutic outcomes with their clients can be summarized by the themes Meeting the Client Where They Are At, and Working on Myself. Implications for clinical practice and training, as well as suggestions for future research are also addressed.
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English
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doi:10.7939/R3B853V21
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This thesis is made available by the University of Alberta Libraries with permission of the copyright owner solely for the purpose of private, scholarly or scientific research. This thesis, or any portion thereof, may not otherwise be copied or reproduced without the written consent of the copyright owner, except to the extent permitted by Canadian copyright law.
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