Assertiveness and Mental Health Professionals: Differences Between Insight-Oriented and Action-Oriented Clinicians

Michael Lee Powell, Rebecca A. Newgent
2011 The Professional Counselor  
Thirty-five mental health professionals completed a series of inventories to determine if passive counselors adhere to more nondirective, insight-oriented theories, while assertive counselors adhere to more directive, action-oriented approaches. Analyses revealed a significant difference between level of assertiveness and theoretical orientation. Implications for professional practice are discussed. Murdock, Banta, Stromseth, Viene, and Brown (1998) assert that research into the predictors of
more » ... eory construction benefits the profession, because the information aids educators and clinical supervisors in helping students and beginning counselors to adopt an appropriate theoretical orientation. If counselors knew what personal strengths and abilities fit best with potential therapeutic approaches (Johnson, Germer, Efran, & Overton, 1988) , then adhering to a model of therapy might be less complex, more satisfying, and essentially advantageous for their clientele. To assist in the alleviation of this issue, this study intends to examine the difference between insight-oriented and action-oriented counselors on level of assertiveness.
doi:10.15241/mlp.1.2.92 fatcat:njdppwmxb5c6njmjudu4sf6swu