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An evaluation of the effectiveness and acceptability of a new technology system to support psychotherapy helping skills training

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David Murphy, Faith Liao, Petr Slovak, Lisa-Marie Holle, Dan Jackson, Patrick Olivier, Geraldine Fitzpatrick

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)324-335
Number of pages12
JournalCounselling and Psychotherapy Research
Issue number2
Early online date6 Nov 2019
Accepted/In press9 Oct 2019
E-pub ahead of print6 Nov 2019
PublishedJun 2020


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Training counselling and psychotherapy skills using new technology is a relatively unresearched area of study. The findings from a pilot evaluation of the effectiveness and acceptability of a new technology, mPath, using a mixed method design are reported. The study found that progressive integration of the new mPath technology into learning helping skills had the best results on developing competency, as assessed by the Person-Centred Experiential Psychotherapy Scale Training Version. Qualitative interviews showed the technology was acceptable to users. Further research is needed in this emerging field of deliberate practice.

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