WHAT IS THE TECHNIQUE OF COMPANIONSHIP THERAP MODEL?
Goodman’s project took place in Berkeley in the mid-sixties. The “clients” were 5th-grade and 6th-grade boys, selected by a systematic citywide screening of the public schools. The counselors were male Berkeley undergraduates, recruited through advertisements in the newspaper. The “companionships” were structured to meet from one to four hours per visit, with two visits per week, and to last for the duration of the academic year. The typical pair met approximately fifty times over a span of eight months, and their average meeting lasted almost three hours.
The techniques of Companionship Therapy do not exist so much at the level of the response — such as interpretation in psychoanalysis, or confrontation in encounter — but more at the level of the relationship as a whole. They consist of the methods used to compose and structure the individual companionships.
The program was influenced by the client-centered tradition. Following Carl Rogers…
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