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On becoming a counselor: challenges and opportunities to support interpersonal skills training

Slovak, Petr; Thieme, Anja; Murphy, David; Tennent, Paul; Olivier, Patrick; Fitzpatrick, Geraldine

Authors

Petr Slovak

Anja Thieme

Patrick Olivier

Geraldine Fitzpatrick



Abstract

Well-developed interpersonal skills are crucial for all social interactions. However, understanding how interpersonal skills are taught or learned, and how technology can play a part in this, is yet an under-researched area in CSCW and HCI research. To start addressing this gap, our research explores the learning processes of counselling students, for whom developing interpersonal skills forms a fundamental part of their university education. We followed an iterative process to gain an in-depth understanding of a specific counselling program in the UK, combining interviews and low-fidelity technology prompts. Overall, 26 participants comprising tutors, students and expert counsellors took part. Our findings first provide insights into the highly collaborative and social learning process of the students. We highlight the complexity of interpersonal reflection as a crucial process for developing counselling skills, and identify the challenges to learning that students face. Second, we build on this understanding to draw out empirically grounded design considerations around opportunities for technology innovation in this setting.

Citation

Slovak, P., Thieme, A., Murphy, D., Tennent, P., Olivier, P., & Fitzpatrick, G. (2015). On becoming a counselor: challenges and opportunities to support interpersonal skills training

Conference Name 18th ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work & Social Computing (CSCW'15)
End Date Mar 18, 2015
Acceptance Date Jan 1, 2015
Publication Date Feb 28, 2015
Deposit Date Jun 17, 2016
Publicly Available Date Jun 17, 2016
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Public URL http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/34094
Publisher URL http://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=2675190
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/end_user_agreement.pdf
Additional Information Published in: CSCW '15 Proceedings of the 18th ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work & Social Computing, ACM, 2015, ISBN 9781450329224, pp. 1336-1347. doi: 10.1145/2675133.2675190.

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