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There are "fundamental building blocks" needed to establish a collaborative working relationship or therapeutic alliance with a client. While some of these building blocks may seem elementary, others can be quite challenging. Nonetheless, the therapeutic alliance is a powerful relationship that usually reflects elements of safety, respect, value, and understanding. Your ability to demonstrate authentic engagement with your client will significantly impact the strength of your working relationship or therapeutic alliance.

A brief description of three important skills needed to establish a successful therapeutic alliance. Support your response with references to the Learning Resources. Then, explain possible barriers that may impede implementing these skills. Finally, explain how you might address each barrier.

Support your Discussion with specific resources used in its preparation. Please provide a citation and reference for all resources,

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Hi and thank you for using Brainmass. The solution below should get you started. In this particular task, you are being asked to look into the concept of therapeutic Alliance. For this task, I suggest using this simple outline:

1. About TA - 100 words
2. 3 key skills - 100 words
3. Likely barriers - 100 words
4. Overcoming said barriers - 100 words

This should yield 400 words which should cover what you need. Just let me know via the feedback section if you need further clarification or you can use the listed resources to further explore the topic. Good luck with your studies and all the best in the New Year.

AE 105878/Xenia Jones

On Therapeutic Alliance

What is Therapeutic Alliance? According to Bordin (Summers, Barber, 2003), therapeutic alliance or TA is a kind of "working, or helping alliance" between practitioner and client, positive feelings that develop between doctor and patient "a mutual construction ...

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The solution provides concise information, assistance and advise in tackling the task (see above) on the topic of therapeutic alliance and skills essential in making it happen. Resources are listed for further exploration of the topic.