Enhancing Competence and Self-Efficacy of Potential Recreators in Decision-Making Counseling


  • Wayne W Munson
  • Robert E Stadulis
  • Diane G Munson


Fifty-four recreation students untrained in decision-making counseling skills were randomlyassigned to one ofthree groups: microskills practice (MS), mental practice (MP), orwait-control (We). MS and MP subjects participated in six 75-minute decision-makingcounseling training sessions, meeting two times per week over a three week period. Proceduresfor training were similar for MS and MPgroups and included instructions, modeling,feedback and review. The way skills were practiced defined the training procedure difference.MS· subjects role-played skills in triads while MP subjects imagined themselvesperforming the skills. we subjects received no training until after posttesting. Subjectswere pre and posttested on decision-making counseling efficacy and posttested on competencein videotaped interviews with a standardized client. Results indicated that bothMSand MP subjects performed more competently and perceived themselves capable of performingmore skills and with greater confidence than we subjects.





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