The Therapeutic Alliance

CE Hours: 2.0
Cost: $24
Instructor: C. Wayne Jones, PhD

The primary objective of this course is to define and describe the nature of a therapeutic alliance in family therapy and explain why it is critical to successful outcomes. Friedlander, Escudero, and Heatherington’s empirically-based SOFTA model for understanding and assessing the strength of the therapeutic alliance is described as it relates to intensive, in-home services. This model includes four relationship dimensions, which include a sense of safety, an emotional connection or emotional bond, a sense of being contributing partners, and a sense of shared purpose.  This course describes how to use individual subsystem work with caregivers and youth to develop balanced therapeutic alliances with all family members.

This is an introductory level course.


As a result of participating in this training, participants will be able to:    

  1. Describe four dimensions of the therapeutic alliance and how to recognize them when they are present.
  2. Describe how to use individual subsystem sessions to develop therapeutic alliances with caregivers and adolescents.
  3. Describe basic principles for cultivating a therapeutic alliance

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