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Microcounseling was founded by Allen Ivey in the mid-1960s as a methodology for teaching basic counseling and interviewing skills.

The technique uses a numbeR of methods to provide feedback to trainee counselors on their performance. These include:

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  • Daniels,T & Ivey, A (2007).Microcounseling: Making Skills Training Work In a Multicultural World
  • Ivey, A (1971).Microcounseling:Innovations in Interviewing Training. Springfield Illonois. Charles C. Thomas
  • Poorman, P. B. (2003). Microskills and Theoretical Foundations for Professional Helpers. Poston MA: Allyn & Bacon


  • Capuzzi, D (1974).The Microcounseling Training Model: Interviewing Skills for the Reading Instructor.Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Western College Reading Association (Oakland, California, April 4-5, 1974) Full text
  • Evans, D.R., Uhlemann, Max R., Hearn MT (2006).Microcounseling and sensitivity training with hotline workers.Journal of Community Psychology,Volume 6 Issue 2, Pages 139 - 146
  • Kabura, P., Fleming, LM, Tobin, DJ (2005).Microcounseling Skills Training for Informal Helpers in Uganda. International Journal of Social Psychiatry, Vol. 51, No. 1, 63-70 DOI: 10.1177/0020764005053282
  • Steward, RJ et al (1992).Counselor-Trainees' Use of Microcounseling Skills and Raters' and Client's Perceived Expressed Empathy: An Investigation of Cross-Cultural Counseling Process.Full text

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