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Unformatted text preview: O bje c t 1 But how do we go about establishing this relationship? The answer lies in revisiting some of what we all learned in counseling or social work 101. The time-tested characteristics of effective change agents are those that were identified by Carl Rogers in the 1950s as part of his client-centered therapy. According to Rogers, effective change agents are genuine, accepting, and empathetic. Over time, these three characteristics have been identified in research as characteristics associated with strong therapeutic alliances and positive behavioral change. There are some key communication skills that go a long way toward promoting the genuineness, acceptance, and empathy necessary for developing strong therapeutic relationships. These skills include attending behavior, asking open-ended questions, paraphrasing, reflection of feelings, and summarization. These are the basic skills taught in Motivational Interviewing, a staple in the training agendas of effective correctional...
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- Fall '08