The therapeutic alliance : a theoretical revision for offender rehabilitation

Ross, Elizabeth C., Polaschek, Devon L. L. and Ward, Tony 2008, The therapeutic alliance : a theoretical revision for offender rehabilitation, Aggression and violent behavior, vol. 13, no. 6, November-December, pp. 462-480, doi: 10.1016/j.avb.2008.07.003.

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Title The therapeutic alliance : a theoretical revision for offender rehabilitation
Author(s) Ross, Elizabeth C.
Polaschek, Devon L. L.
Ward, Tony
Journal name Aggression and violent behavior
Volume number 13
Issue number 6
Season November-December
Start page 462
End page 480
Publisher Elsevier Science
Place of publication New York, N. Y.
Publication date 2008-11
ISSN 1359-1789
Keyword(s) therapeutic alliance
Summary The desired outcome of psychotherapy is positive change. A substantial body of empirical research now supports the importance of the therapeutic alliance in predicting therapeutic change. Research on therapeutic process has also been increasing. Despite these achievements, there is little theoretical understanding of how the therapeutic alliance develops and is maintained. What are the key variables in the establishment of a collaborative relationship between therapist and client that can elicit positive change in the client? Recent interest in client responsivity and effective therapy process with offenders has shed light on how little relevant theory and research exists on process issues in offender rehabilitation, compared to conventional psychotherapy. Although the general ingredients of a therapeutic alliance may be similar across therapy contexts, difficulties in creating these alliances with offenders can prompt a more complete examination of these ingredients. This article examines and critiques the dominant model of the therapeutic alliance proposed by Bordin [Bordin, E.S. (1979). The generalizability of the psychoanalytic concept of the working alliance. Psychotherapy: Theory, Research and Practice, 16, 252–260.], and then integrates it with recent research, theory, and clinical observation from the field of offender rehabilitation, to propose a Revised Theory of the Therapeutic Alliance that is particularly relevant for therapists who work to reduce future risk of criminal behavior.
Language eng
DOI 10.1016/j.avb.2008.07.003
Field of Research 170199 Psychology not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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