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COUN 400 Study Guide - Midterm Guide: Eating Disorder

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COUN 400
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Notes for forming Evaluations
Significance/contribution to the field
- author aimed to discover if as a patient with an eating disorder would it be more
beneficial to have a therapist who has since recovered from an eating disorder
- in the field of counseling, eating disorders are fairly common and relevant
- there is an apparent lack of guidelines when it comes to therapists who have had
an ED treating patients with an ED
- in recent years the field of mental illness treatment is looking at the perspectives
of recovery from therapists
- the study is the first to examine the views of both therapist and patient
qualitatively regarding the use of the recovered therapists’ personal experience
- the results from this study support other studies done on the same topic
o Warren examined therapist opinion on the influence their personal eating
disorder history on their treatment- most of them identified positive
influences whereas a small percentage said it was negative. They stressed
the importance of monitoring the sessions
o Johnston discussed the focus on fitness of counselors to give care
objectively. Typically there is hesitation when pairing a recovered
counselor with a patient with an eating disorder. They conducted a survey
with therapists and patients, with healthcare professionals having
reservations on allowing the pairing, but the patients had a positive
response reporting advantages in therapy. The over all thought was that
there would be a lack of objectivity
o Costin and Johnson discussed the advantages and disadvantages of
recovered clinicians treating clients with the same illness wth the desire to
form guidelines in the filed
o Barbarich simply discussed the prevalence of eating disorders in
professionals in the counseling field
- Suggestions on said future guidelines were not mentioned, though it may not be a
problem because it was not the focus of the article
- A broader sample may be missing for the only participants in the study were
- qualitative questionnaire rather than an interview was chosen to accommodate
more participants
- this questionnaire was designed by two of the authors of the article and the
addition of a professional who had recovered from an eating disorder
- a separate questionnaire was given to both patient and therapist, but both included
closed questions and open ended questions
- therapists questionnaire included questions regarding experiential knowledge and
self disclosure
- patients questionnaire included patient satisfaction and the application of the
personal experience from the therapist during therapy
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