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ERIC Number: ED553909
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 180
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-3031-1790-9
Recovery Journeys of Counselors and Clients: A Case Study of the Therapeutic Alliance in a Drug Treatment and Rehabilitation Center in Malaysia
Amat, Mohamad Isa
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Wyoming
The therapeutic alliance is a significant research area in counseling. The understanding of the therapeutic alliance, particularly in drug treatment settings helps counselors and clients to increase the treatment outcomes and its treatment process. The present study investigated the journeys of recovering counselors and clients in a private residential drug treatment and rehabilitation center in Malaysia. The center is also known as Rumah Pengasih. Rumah Pengasih in English means "House of Love". An in-depth case study was conducted involving 6 participants. The data were collected through in-depth interview sessions, observations, field notes, and personal reflections. Based on data analysis, the result showed that the therapeutic alliance experience described by counselors and clients were represented along four major themes; the Therapeutic Community, family and brotherhood, roles of spirituality, and behavior change and motivation. The culture of the Therapeutic Community influences the behavior, thinking, emotions, and communication pattern among residents and staff. The family spirit and brotherhood were very strong as the residents helped others. The spirituality in Islamic teaching seemed to be very strong and visible as part of daily routine in recovery process. Behavior change and motivation in recovery journey played an important role for residents. The clients reported a slightly low motivation at early stage of treatment. As time went by, the residents increased their motivational level as other residents, counselors, family members, and staff continuously provided support towards their recovery progress. Overall, the study found that the process of the therapeutic relationship was determined by counselor and client who were both recovering addicts. The counselor became the role model for client. Client was attached, inspired, and motivated by counselor's presence. Both counselor and client shared a similar experience in addiction and received treatment in the facility. Therefore, their connection was beyond the context of the counseling relationships itself. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Malaysia