UfaceME Shown to accurately evaluate beneficial change within a counseling session
UfaceME, a relational, interactive learning tool, significantly stimulates positive responses and reactions to UfaceME-aided counseling, as demonstrated by a study recently published by the Journal of Counseling and Educational Technology, A new computer application for innovation and evaluation in counseling.
The actual benefits of a UfaceME session have now been shown in a study of 161 diverse clients over five years in different settings. Implications and results to date include:
- Further counseling engagement
- Healthy behavioral and relational change
- Improved mental health
- Improved self-awareness
UfaceME effectively evaluates counseling sessions facilitated by this relational, interactive learning tool.
UfaceME measured outcomes of significant, positive changes in the clients’ perceptions and feelings from the from the beginning of the session to the end, recorded by the client and the counselor. Positive response was reported by the end segment of the sessions.
Rarely have counseling outcome measures been measured and documented by clients. UfaceME earlier measured outcomes that were proven positive and behavior-changing in a training study of medical students at the University of Minnesota.
Using the UfaceME method, clients responded to series of statements, repeated every four minutes, as they watched video replay of their session. They then watched a video and rated a comparison of their responses to those of their counselor.
UfaceME™ works on Zoom: Connect, engage, relate face-to-face wherever you are.
Face-to-face conversations between two people using the UfaceME method are engaging, authentic and offer an immediate reward of measuring self-awareness and mutual recognition.
Now UfaceME offers the same face-to-face technology in a remote experience via Zoom.
UfaceME via phone, pad, laptop or computer, uses the same UfaceME method that engages both participants in a topical conversation and relational experience.
Points of discovery promote discussion: In the Zoom version, as in the in-person version, the UfaceME conversation is video recorded and each person’s private responses to timed statements are recorded and measured to show how “you,” as well as the other person felt at certain points in the conversation.
A UfaceME conversation has been shown to significantly promote self-awareness and mutual understanding in any professional, educational/training, therapeutic or personal setting.
How does UfaceME work?
UfaceME provides an opportunity for a connected, meaningful conversation in any relationship clinical or otherwise. Watch this video to discover the UfaceME process and its value for 170 University of Minnesota medical students in their training taking patient histories.
The benefits of UfaceME have been endorsed by an early adopter, Dr Michael Ross. Michael Ross, MD, PhD, MPH, MHPEd, MSt, is faculty in the University of Minnesota Program in Human Sexuality and was appointed the Joycelyn Elders Chair in Sexual Health Education in 2014.
Dr. Ross has also published more than 500 publications and books. Additionally, he worked extensively in prison environments and wrote a book about prison physical and mental health.
The simple-to use technology allows you and another person to:
Relate to one another.
Record your conversation.
Respond to statements that help you identify your feelings at regular intervals throughout the entire conversation.
Review your responses to discover significant moments in your conversation. These are crystallizing moments. As issues are identified and viewpoints validated, mutual and self-understanding happen.
A personal action plan with tangible goals may begin after completion of the first session.
The flexible and user-friendly design makes the UfaceME system a powerful tool for relationship empowerment wherever people work, play, and live.
UfaceME/University of Minnesota research draws wide readership in medical journal
The original research completed by UfaceME and the University of Minnesota is stunning in its timely approach to real time, face-to-face communications in enhancing and improving personal interactions. The Dove Press published an original research paper in May 19, 2019 that has received well over 1,000 views to date.
The research demonstrates the effectiveness of the software based UfaceME process in training medical students to take effective and comfortable sexual histories with patients. The study was led by Dr. Michael Ross, Program of Human Sexuality, University of Minnesota Medical School.
The first trial included 14 students in a focus group, followed by sessions experienced by 175 students, whose overwhelmingly positive response supported the quantitative data. Further sessions are planned. Dr. Ross was awarded the 2019 U. of M. Medical School’s Year 1-2 Excellence in Innovation Award based on this work.
The paper is titled “A new computer application for teaching sexual history taking to medical students: innovation and evaluation in the UfaceME program.” Here’s a link to the full text of the published research paper.
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