Effects of Counselor's Ordinal Position When Involved in Role Play Practice in Triads


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To investigate the effects of the order of being the counselor when involved in role‐play practice, 36 novice trainees were assigned to counseling triads and then to the levels of ordinal position—counselor first, second, or third. Each participant also served as a client and as an observer within the triad. No difference among the three ordinal positions was found in the trainees' abilities to produce reflection of feeling responses. Similarly, there were no differences between those trainees who functioned as as observers before being the role‐play counselor. There was a significant positive linear trend, however, for ordinal position (i.e., the accuracy of the trainees' reflection of feeling responses steadily improved from first counselor role play to third counselor role play). These results are discussed from a social‐learning theory perspective. 1985 American Counseling Association

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)365-371
Number of pages7
JournalCounselor Education and Supervision
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jun 1985
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology


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