Using music videos to enhance empathy in counselors-in-training

Jonathan H. Ohrt, Jennifer M. Foster, Tracy S. Hutchinson, Kara P. Ieva

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Counselor empathy is recognized as a fundamental aspect of the counseling process. In addition, a counselor's ability to empathize with clients is associated with positive counseling outcomes. Counselor educators utilize various strategies when teaching empathy to counselors-in-training. The purpose of this article is to describe the use of music videos as a tool to enhance empathy among counselors-in-training. More specifically, this manuscript will (a) review strategies used for empathy development in counselors-in-training, (b) present support for using expressive techniques in empathy training, and (c) describe the use of music videos in empathy training, including the application of a music video that is appropriate for counselors-in-training.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)320-333
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Creativity in Mental Health
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2009

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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