This state-of-the-art book presents research-based practice guidelines that clinicians of any orientation can use to optimize the therapeutic alliance. Leading proponents of the major psychotherapeutic approaches explain just what a good alliance is, how to create it, and how to recognize and repair alliance ruptures. Applications in individual, group, couple, and family therapy are explored; case examples vividly illustrate the concepts and techniques. Links between the quality of the alliance and client outcomes are elucidated. A section on training fills a major gap in the field, reviewing proven strategies for helping therapists to develop key relationship-building skills. The book will be of importance to practitioners and students across the full range of mental health fields, including clinical psychology, psychiatry, counseling, and social work. It will also serve as a text in graduate-level psychotherapy courses.
Muran, Barber, An Introduction: Establishing the Context and Rationale. Part I: Critical Studies of the Therapeutic Alliance. Hatcher, Alliance Theory and Measurement. Barber, Khalsa, Sharpless, The Validity of the Alliance as a Predictor of Psychotherapy Outcome. Stiles, Goldsmith, The Alliance over Time. Hill, Qualitative Studies of Negative Experiences in Psychotherapy. Eubanks-Carter, Muran, Safran, Alliance Ruptures and Resolution. Part II: Practice and the Therapeutic Alliance. Messer, Wolitzky, A Psychodynamic Perspective on the Therapeutic Alliance: Theory, Research, and Practice. Benjamin, Critchfield, An Interpersonal Perspective on Therapy Alliances and Techniques. Castonguay, Constantino, McAleavey, Goldfried, The Therapeutic Alliance in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy. Tsai, Kohlenberg, Kanter, A Functional Analytic Psychotherapy (FAP) Approach to the Therapeutic Alliance. Watson, Kalogerakos, The Therapeutic Alliance in Humanistic Psychotherapy. Horvath, Symonds, Tapia, Therapeutic Alliances in Couple Therapy: The Web of Relationships. Escudero, Heatherington, Friedlander, Therapeutic Alliances and Alliance Building in Family Therapy. Piper, Ogrodniczuk, The Therapeutic Alliance in Group Therapy. Part III: Training Programs on the Therapeutic Alliance. Binder, Henry, The Vanderbilt Studies: Developing Skills in Managing Negative Processes. P. Crits-Christoph, K. Crits-Christoph, Gibbons, Training in Alliance-Fostering Techniques. Muran, Safran, Eubanks-Carter, The Beth Israel Psychotherapy Research Program: Developing Therapist Abilities to Negotiate Alliance Ruptures. Sharpless, Muran, Barber, Coda: Recommendations for Practice and Training.