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Self-Monitoring as a Counseling Technique and an Accountability Strategy
Stanley B. Baker, Richard E. Tyler, Helen S. Lupton-Smith, Angie B. Wang, Amanda H. Allen, Katherine H. Wapner, Sarah Dees Fleder, and Sarah T. Isaac
Self-monitoring was studied as an individual and small group counseling technique and a source of accountability data. Five school counselors/interns engaged in self-monitoring with 22 clients. It was perceived as a successful counseling technique 82% of the time. The findings indicated that self monitoring was enhanced by counselor competence, client buy-in, and counselor and client motivation to persevere. Data were produced that demonstrated whether students’ goals were being met and provided accountability evidence for local stakeholders.
Keywords: self-monitoring, accountability, evaluation