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Presented at the 18th Annual Research Conference

The Role of Therapeutic Alliance in Therapy Outcomes for Youth in Residential Care Over a Two Year Period

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Session Number: 1000 Room: Salon E & F

Presenting: Michael Handwerk

All Authors for this paper: Michael Handwerk; Jay Ringle; Jonathon Huefner; Julie Almquist; Sean Smitham

Presentation Type: poster presentation

Synopsis: This project describes outcomes over a two-year period for 118 youth residing in a large residential care facility in the midwest who had been receiving adjunctive therapeutic services for behavioral and emotional problems. Several outcome measures were collected longitudinally as well as weekly therapist and youth therapeutic alliance ratings. Although youth improved, there was little association between therapy outcome and therapy alliance ratings. Results indicate therapeutic alliance was relatively invariant over time regardless of the rater. Methodological problems and clinical implications will be discussed.


Session Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Presentation Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM