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ERIC Number: EJ932127
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 23
ISSN: ISSN-1089-5701
What Is the Therapeutic Alliance and Why Does It Matter?
Manso, Ana; Rauktis, Mary Elizabeth
Reclaiming Children and Youth, v19 n4 p45-50 2011
The most important task of teacher-counselors in Re-ED programs is to build a trusting relationship with youth. Hobbs defined trust between child and adult as "the glue that holds teaching and learning together, the beginning point for re-education" (Hobbs, 1994, p. 22). This trusting relationship, the foundation for all other Re-ED principles, can be conceived of as therapeutic alliance, which refers to the working relationship between a client and a helping professional. It is often defined in terms of a positive emotional bond, mutual agreement on therapeutic tasks and goals, and perceived openness and truthfulness. This article highlights research on the therapeutic alliance, including recent studies at Pressley Ridge.
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Language: English
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