Asia Pacific Journal of Counselling and Psychotherapy

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ISSN / EISSN : 2150-7686 / 2150-7708
Published by: Informa UK Limited (10.1080)
Total articles ≅ 205
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Asia Pacific Journal of Counselling and Psychotherapy, Volume 12, pp 170-185;

The present study investigated emotional change following emotional self-disclosure, and the effects of cognitive reframing and socio-affective regulation modes in a Taiwanese sample. Data from 120 participants were collected from a university in northern Taiwan. Participants recalled a negative memory and disclosed the memory to a confederate via internet. Participants were randomly assigned to one of four conditions: 1) cognitive reframing, 2) socio-affective, 3) combined group, and 4) control group. Two sets of mixed factorial ANOVA were implemented to examine emotional change in response to cognitive reframing and socio-affective regulation modes. Results indicated that only cognitive reframing regulation mode facilitated emotional change over and beyond the effect of emotional self-disclosure. Relevant research findings and clinical implications were discussed.
Lek Hon Edmond Pong, Raysen Cheung,
Asia Pacific Journal of Counselling and Psychotherapy, Volume 12, pp 111-126;

This study attempted to examine the extent to which clients’ traits and expectations can predict working alliance within the Hong Kong Chinese context. A total of 144 undergraduate students who received counselling service provided by the counselling centre of the same university participated in this study. Before their first counselling session, they completed the Expectations about Counselling Questionnaire-Brief Form, the Affective Neuroscience Personality Scale, and scales adapted from the International Personality Item Pool. They were also invited to complete the Working Alliance Inventory-Short Form-Client after their third counselling session in the third week. The results demonstrated that clients’ expectation of their own involvement was the strongest predictor of working alliance in comparison with the other tested client traits.
Asia Pacific Journal of Counselling and Psychotherapy, Volume 12, pp 186-204;

The relationship between supervisory identity development and supervisory experience, counselling experience, and training in supervision was examined for a group of 29 Singaporean counsellors who attended a workshop on supervision. Analyses indicated that supervisory experience was related to supervisory identity development, whilst counselling experience and supervisory training initially were not. Additionally, participants showed significantly greater scores on the Psychotherapy Supervisor Development Scale (PSDS) following the workshop when compared with PSDS scores prior to the workshop. Thus, workshop supervision training ultimately aided supervisory identity development. The implications of these findings are discussed in relation to the importance of supervisor credentials.
, Shamala Kumar, Santushi D Amarasuriya, Navneth S. R. Mendis
Asia Pacific Journal of Counselling and Psychotherapy, Volume 12, pp 138-153;

Authenticity is an indicator of psychological well-being. Until recently, studies on this construct has been scarce. This study aimed to fill this gap by culturally adapting a Sinhala version of the Authenticity Scale and using it to examine authenticity and selected demographic correlates among Sri Lankan undergraduates. The Sinhala version of the Authenticity Scale showed favourable psychometric properties. The survey results on 1235 Sri Lankan undergraduates indicate that this group is comparable to their counterparts in some dimensions of authenticity. The results also indicate that women report higher authenticity than men. Implications of this study are discussed, whilst emphasising the need to take into account variations that may occur in relation to authenticity in demographic factors such as gender.
, Y. Joel Wong
Asia Pacific Journal of Counselling and Psychotherapy, Volume 12, pp 154-169;

Although positive therapies have demonstrated effectiveness in Western contexts, their cross-cultural applications have been questioned. This article proposes that Strength-Centered Therapy (ST) can be a promising and culturally flexible therapeutic approach for Chinese clients. After overviewing ST, the authors discuss the compatibility of ST with Chinese virtues and the notions of self-development advocated in dominant Chinese indigenous philosophies, namely, Confucianism, Buddhism, and Taoism. Along with ST’s clinical flexibility, the authors propose that the compatibility of ST makes it a culturally flexible therapeutic approach to use with clients from Chinese cultures. The authors also describe a case example with Chinese cultural backgrounds, showcasing the phases and techniques of ST. Implications for research and practice are discussed.
, Kam Weng Boey
Asia Pacific Journal of Counselling and Psychotherapy, Volume 12, pp 22-37;

This study evaluated the effectiveness of a series of seven psychosocial programmes in promoting holistic well-being of students in late adolescence. The psychosocial programme was held on two days, with two 3-hour sessions (morning and afternoon) scheduled for each day. Based on the body-mind-spirit model, the psychosocial programme involved bodily exercises, meditation, relaxation, singing, drawing, letter writing, sharing of experience, etc. As compared with the comparison group (N = 64), participants (N = 98) showed enhancement of equanimity in terms of nonattachment, general vitality, mindful awareness, and spiritual self-care. They also exhibited reduction in emotional affliction, declined emotional vulnerability, reduced bodily irritability, and lowered spiritual disorientation.
, Tomokazu Murata, Fuminori Yamada, Yoichi Seki, Mizue Yokoo, Remi Noguchi, Takayuki Shibuya, Mari Tanaka, Daisuke Matsuzawa, Eiji Shimizu
Asia Pacific Journal of Counselling and Psychotherapy, Volume 12, pp 73-89;

We applied two sessions of memory rescripting in routine cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) practice for MDD and measured its effectiveness. We also examined the content of intrusive memories and rescripted memories. Sixteen patients with MDD were asked to identify intrusive memories and rate their vividness, distress, interference with daily life, and uncontrollability before and after memory rescripting. As a result, memory rescripting significantly reduced the intrusive memory index. With one exception, memory rescripting created an image containing compassionate imagery, mastery imagery, or both elements. These results suggest that two sessions of memory rescripting could be incorporated into traditional CBT to improve distress caused by intrusive memories experienced by patients with MDD.
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