Novitiate Phase: Legitimizing the Professional
It is during the novitiate phase that help-seekers overcome their fears and anxieties and begin to reach for a solution to their problems. In the applicant phase the help-seeker has agreed that the practitioner is capable of working on the problems that confront and sometimes consume the help-seeker. They have also agreed on the specific goals that they will mutually strive to attain. Now the help-seeker must develop enough trust in this stranger to legitimate the practitioner's right to utilize her capabilities to help the seeker solve his problems.
It is the novitiate phase that most sharply distinguishes our own view from those of Fischer ( 1978), Compton and Galaway ( 1984), and Hepworth and Larsen ( 1990). As noted in chapter 3, neither the Fischer nor Hepworth and Larsen models identify a specific novitiate phase. The closest is Fischer's role-induction phase. But his extended discussion of this phase makes it clear that he views role induction as continuing "to build and develop the therapeutic relationship" and increasing the "workers' attractiveness and