Category: Treatment - CBT

Master Clinician Seminar

Master Clinician Seminar 4 - Alliance-Focused Training for CBT: Strategies for Identifying, Addressing, and Repairing Ruptures in the Therapeutic Alliance in CBT

Friday, November 17
1:45 PM - 3:45 PM
Location: Indigo 202, Level 2, Indigo Level

Keywords: Therapeutic Alliance | Psychotherapy Process | Supervision
Presentation Type: Master Clinician Seminar
Level of Familiarity: Basic to Moderate

Successful treatment requires a healthy working alliance between therapist and client. There is increasing evidence in the research literature that problems, or ruptures, in the alliance are common challenges faced by many therapists. When therapists are unable to repair a rupture, the likelihood of premature termination or poor outcome is increased. This seminar will endeavor to equip participants with empirically supported strategies for resolving alliance ruptures by presenting Alliance-Focused Training (AFT), a supervision approach based on Safran and Muran's NIMH-funded research on the alliance. Markers of withdrawal and confrontation ruptures that are commonly observed in CBT will be presented to facilitate identification of ruptures when they occur. Rupture resolution strategies, in particular the strategy of metacommunication, or communication about the client-therapist interaction, will be demonstrated. AFT targets the skills of therapist self-awareness, affect regulation, and interpersonal sensitivity; the role of mindfulness exercises in enhancing these skills will be discussed. The session will also include experiential exercises to aid participants in attending to their own feelings as important sources of information about the interaction with the client.


Earn 2 continuing education credits

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Recommended Reading: Eubanks-Carter, C., Muran, J.C., & Safran, J.D. (2015). Alliance-focused training. Psychotherapy, 52, 169-173. doi: 10.1037/a0037596

Jeremy Safran

Professor
New School for Social Research

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Catherine Eubanks

Assistant Professor
Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology

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