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|Training Program Valuation Theory and Self-Confrontation Method|
Foundation and Aim
In 1992 the Valuation Theory and the Self-Confrontation Method (SCM) Foundation was established in the Netherlands with the aim of preserving and extending the body of knowledge associated with this theory and method. The foundation does this by developing training programs for psychologists and other social scientists interested in becoming qualified users of the valuation approach at all levels: theory, method, and practice. An approach that explicitly integrates theory and practice, this method advocates a two-way cooperation between researchers and practitioners. In 2009 the foundation was replaced by new form that better served the purposes of the teachers involved in the program: the Self-Confrontation Method and Valuation Theory Partnership.
The full training program consists of two parts: basic training and advanced training.
Another option is for a participant to take the full training program in a limited number of intensive courses (e.g., two summer courses) with practical applications, supervision, and study of the literature in between.
Upon successful completion of a full training program (long-term or intensive) participants are included on in international list of SCM consultants. This guarantees that the person has the requisite knowledge and skills in the application of valuation theory and the self-confrontation method.
Guarantee for Quality
The Foundation cooperated with the research program Valuation and Motivation at the University of Nijmegen. The quality of the program was evaluated as 'excellent' in 1994, and again in 1999, by review committees of research in psychology, installed by the Association of Universities in The Netherlands. The program includes research projects on Valuation Theory, the Self-Confrontation Method, and the Dialogical Self, and the results of these studies have been published in a variety of internationally recognized scientific and professional journals. The research program has been a cooperative effort by researchers and practitioners from several countries. After Hubert Hermans became professor-emeritus, the research program is continued as part of the International Society for Dialogical Science (ISDS).