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Impact message inventory-circumplex ratings of non-challenging benign Dutch language (D-B) Facilitative Interpersonal Skills clips plotted within interpersonal circumplex space.

Impact message inventory-circumplex ratings of non-challenging benign Dutch language (D-B) Facilitative Interpersonal Skills clips plotted within interpersonal circumplex space.

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With the motivation of investigating the replicability and transferability of the findings employing the Facilitative Interpersonal Skills (FIS) performance task beyond Anglophone countries, a set of Dutch FIS clips have been scripted and recorded. In this study the psychometric properties of the Dutch clips was tested. Furthermore, an additional s...

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... hypothesized, we found the D-B FIS clips to be reported as less dominant and more friendly. The D-B clips are less distributed and more centered around the friendly-submissive axis in the circumplex (see Figure 4). These results indicate less experienced interpersonal complexity by participants. ...


... Additionally, since the FIS task was developed with an American population originally there may be questions regarding its applicability in a different cultural context. However, the FIS task has now been translated into several languages (Anderson et al., 2018) and versions have so far produced good validity and psychometric properties (Van Thiel et al., 2021). Also, the FIS mean and standard deviation in the sample of the current study (M ¼ 3.16, SD ¼ .39) ...
Research has consistently found that therapists differ in psychotherapy outcomes. Interpersonal skills, as measured with the Facilitative interpersonal skills (FIS) task, have been found to be one of few therapist characteristics that reliably predicts outcome. To extend current knowledge of the development of interpersonal skills, this study investigates the association between FIS and progression on a 5-year psychologist program, while also accounting for potentially confounding or moderating variables. Utilizing a cross-sectional design, sixty-five students from psychology programs in Sweden were assessed with the FIS performance task and completed self-reports on several variables, including demographics, indicators of clinical experience and psychological variables (deliberate practice, natural helping, motivation for clinical work and test anxiety). Using hierarchical linear regression and moderated regression analysis the results showed that student’s semester on the program was a significant predictor of FIS above and beyond the effect of other variables. Also, higher motivation for clinical work and higher test anxiety emerged as significant positive predictors of FIS scores. Deliberate practice did not moderate the relationship. The findings provide preliminary support for an association between FIS and further progression on the psychology program in Sweden. Implications for practice, theory and future investigations are discussed.
... Building on the evidence that client outcomes vary among therapists, van Thiel et al. (2021) sought to define what specific characteristics and actions of therapists are responsible for their differential outcomes. The goal of the cross-sectional study was to examine the psychometric characteristics, concerning validity and reliability, of the Dutch-language Facilitative Interpersonal Skills (FIS) on therapy video clips. ...
Objective Text-based communication is becoming an increasingly salient feature of the psychotherapeutic landscape. Yet little is known about the factors distinguishing high- and low-quality therapeutic conversations taking place over this modality. Prior research on therapist effects has outlined several common factors associated with better clinical outcomes. But these common factors can only be researched in the context of text-based communication if they can be measured. Accordingly, we developed and validated a new behavioral task and coding system: the Facilitative Interpersonal Skills Performance Task for Text (FIS-T) to measure therapists’ messaging quality across eight dimensions of facilitative interpersonal skill. Methods 1150 survey-takers rated the interpersonal dynamics and response difficulty of the FIS-T Task’s text-based stimuli. The FIS-T was then administered to 64 therapists. Results The FIS-T stimuli displayed similar interpersonal dynamics to those elicited by the original FIS task, demonstrated a similar range of difficulties to those of the video-based stimuli of the original FIS Task, and showed high inter-rater reliability. Conclusions The text-based FIS-T Task demonstrates high reliability and convergent validity with the original FIS Task, making it appropriate for use in assessing the common factors in text-based therapy. Future directions in the quality assessment of internet-delivered psychotherapies are discussed.