Building Therapeutic Partnerships: The Most Important Evidence-Based Practices

  • Robert C. Lambert, MA, Connecticut Counseling Centers, Inc., Danbury, CT

Research indicates that the quality of the therapeutic relationship has a greater effect on patient retention and outcomes then the specific counseling approach used. This workshop will focus on the opportunities and unique challenges involved in enhancing the therapeutic alliance with medication assisted patients within the MAT clinic setting, a review of the fundamentals of forming and maintaining a therapeutic relationship, and the factors that affect the quality of the therapeutic relationship. We will also explore patient expectancy as a therapeutic factor, and discuss the use of patient feedback to strengthen the therapeutic alliance.

*Foundations of MAT

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