ERIC Number: ED439320
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-May
Theoretical Perspectives on the Importance of the Therapeutic Alliance and Their Implications for the Use of Technology.
Smith, Peggy H.
Two questions facing the therapeutic community right now are: Can machines replace therapists? and Can therapy occur without a therapist? This paper attempts to respond to these questions through an examination of some major Western and Eastern theories in the field of psychological therapy. It reviews existing writings in the field to emphasize that, whatever improvement may occur through the use of technology, psychotherapy builds a personal relationship between two or more individuals, and that it is through this personal relationship that therapeutic change occurs. To eliminate or limit this personal relationship in any way will inevitably destroy the essence of therapy. The brief overview of some of the writings of theorists concurs that therapy is an effective way of changing the thoughts, feelings, and behaviors of human beings, and the relationship between the client and the therapist lies at the very heart of therapy. A brief examination of the benefits of technology concludes that the amount of data available through a computer dramatically increases the resources and knowledge of the therapist and client. (Contains 42 references.) (JDM)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: In: Caring in an Age of Technology. Proceedings of the International Conference on Counseling in the 21st Century (6th, Beijing, China, May 29-30, 1997); see CG 029 879.