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Therapeutic Alliance: Skills, Barriers, Solutions

Can you please provide a brief description of three important skills needed to establish a successful therapeutic alliance? Then, explain possible barriers that may impede implementing these skills. Explain how you might address each barrier.

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Dear Student,

Hi and thank you for using Brainmass. The solution below should get you started. First however, before we go any further, it is important that we talk about how to answer this task. In psychopathology, there are many theories that can be used to design treatment. There are theories based on cognitive behavioral principles (thus making CBT a form of therapy) or therapy based on humanistic principles. You need to decide which one it is that you are going to use (or you can look at your current material to see what you are expected to use) and base your answers on that. The key skills are somewhat uniform across the practice, whatever theory they may be. I suggest you use this outline:

1. On therapeutic alliance - what is it? 50 words.
2. The skills - 3 skills, discuss each with 75 words.
3. Barriers to each and your solution to each, 75 words each.

Altogether the above outline should yield around 500 words. I have created the solution below based on this outline to show you how it can be done. Check with your current class materials too. Good luck with your studies.

AE 105878/Xenia Jones

Therapeutic Alliance

What is therapeutic alliance (TA)? It is the relationship between the healthcare ...

Solution Summary

What is required in terms of skills to achieve a therapeutic alliance? The solution lists these skills, barriers that can impede in practicing these skills possible solutions to the barriers. Resources are listed for further exploration of the topic.