Microskills and Metatheory: A Systematic Formulation for Teaching Individual and Group Psychotherapeutic Skills

  • Allen E. Ivey


This paper presents the results of 15 years of detailed examination of the individual and group psychotherapeutic interview. Out of this study has evolved a systematic formulation for teaching skills of therapy in a 45-hour training program. Students in this program are able to engage in wide ranging therapeutic interventions such as psychodynamic dream analysis, assertion training, and rational-emotive therapy. The program is described as metatheoretical in orientation as basic dimensions underlying all therapeutic approaches are taught. A brief summary of major premises and assumptions of this metatheoretical approach is included.


Theoretical Orientation Skilled Therapist Language Pattern Major Premise Experiential Exercise 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1982

Authors and Affiliations

  • Allen E. Ivey
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  1. 1.University of MassachusettsAmherstUSA

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