Cultivating a Therapeutic Alliance

CE Hours: 4.0

Cost: $48


C. Wayne Jones, PhD

Forming and sustaining a therapeutic alliance with each family member is critical to successful family based treatment. Getting there, however, when working with children who have SED and their multi-stressed families, can be fraught with many obstacles and challenges. This course describes common challenges therapists face when working with family members who may have competing needs and agendas, and who are in conflict with one another. General principles for creating a therapeutic alliance are identified. In addition, specific practical strategies for working through each of the most common threats to the alliance are highlighted.

This course is appropriate for beginner through advanced level practitioners.


Learning Objectives

1. Identify the nature of a therapeutic alliance.
2. Describe basic principles for creating a therapeutic alliance.
3. View challenges as opportunities and positively reframe resistance.
4. Describe common predictable challenges to the therapeutic alliance in working with SED children and their families.
5. Implement specific strategies for working through the most common threats to the alliance.
6. Describe key strategies to overcome challenges or resistance and build more effective alliances.

This online distance learning course includes video web training, required readings, and a post-test to ensure comprehension of the material.

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