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Using the attaached Kirschenbaum and Jourdan article, "The Current Status of Carl Rogers and the Person-Centered Approach, these areas are examined:

-What are the similarities and differences between the person-centered approach and other, more outcomes-based approaches.
-Describes why the person-centered approach may be viewed less favorably than other approaches.
-How can one evaluate the person-centered approach?
What are some limitations of the person-centered approach?

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This solution discusses the person-centered approach to therapeutic interventions including similaries and differences compared to other interventions, and limitations in the use of the approach.

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(1) What are the similarities and differences between the person-centered approach and other, and more outcomes-based approaches?

Kirschenbaum and Jourdan (2005) cite among the similarities of the person-centered approach as posited by Rogers is the focus on empathetic understanding of a concept "that involves, warmth, acceptance and positive regard" (p. 42), Rogerian concept of person-centeredness was based on some core conditions that included: (a) unconditional positive regard, (b) empathetic understanding, and (c) congruence. According to Rogers (1980)when therapists focused on these core conditions in providing therapeutic care, personality change and growth was the end result .According to Kirschenbaum and Jourdan, other studies have confirmed the efficacy of these conditions for effective counseling. Across studies there were 66 statistically significant correlations between positive outcomes and the core conditions (Traux & Mitchell, 1971 as cited in Kirschenbaum & Jourdan, p. 41). On the other hand, according to Kirschenbaum and Jourdan, few researchers utilize Roger's concept of congruence.

Another difference is that therapists tend to advocate for the "working ...

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