In addition to our own projects this semester, we are still collaborating with Dr. Corey Stocco on the Interview Skills project. Sessions began last week to insure that the skills developed in training were maintained at appropriate levels over time. This is an important feature of behavior change therapies known as generalization; the skills developed in training should extend across time, setting, people, and similar behaviors.
If there are skill maintenance issues, then the project continues as extra training sessions. If the participants can display acceptable levels of skill maintenance, the project moves into the next phase. In the next phase, participants will be interviewed by someone other than Dr. Corey Stocco, in a completely unrelated setting to his office (where sessions have been conducted up until this point). This phase is also being used to assess generalization.
It is exciting to see participants taken through the entire process (baseline-generalization) and this project exemplifies the characteristics of quality behavior change procedures just as we are learning in class this semester.