Friday, 10/9/20, Philhaven via Zoom
Thursday, 11/5/20, Norristown via Zoom
This workshop is designed to help therapists develop and monitor the quality of their alliances with family members. Participants will learn what a therapeutic alliance is and how it differs from creating rapport. Common challenges in building a therapeutic alliance with family members and then maintaining equal empathy for them are also described. During the workshop, participants will use a combination of small group discussion and videotape analysis to identify clues to the quality of a therapeutic alliance. Basic strategies will be provided for developing an alliance with children and caregivers living in fragile, multi-stressed families, then these strategies are demonstrated. Participants will have opportunities to practice these strategies through role play. Since creating a therapeutic alliance draws on the person of the therapist, participants are asked to reflect on their styles of connecting with different age groups and personalities.
As a result of participating in this workshop, therapists will be able to:
- Describe the nature of a therapeutic alliance and how it differs from “creating rapport”
- Identify clues to the strength or quality of the alliance with family members
- Describe common barriers to developing and maintaining a therapeutic alliance
- Identify two personal strengths and challenges in creating an alliance with children and parents
- Explain the key elements of maintaining equal empathy for all family members
- Identify basic strategies that promote the development of a therapeutic alliance in treatment
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