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REVIEW 2011 HTM file
Evidence-based psychotherapy relationships: Psychotherapy relationships that work II

Based on new meta-analytic reviews, a US task force has authoritatively assessed what makes for an effective therapeutic relationship. Though not specific to substance use, this work will be critical to the recovery agenda for addiction treatment.

REVIEW 2011 HTM file
Evidence-based psychotherapy relationships: Goal consensus and collaboration

This meta-analytic review commissioned by the American Psychological Association finds that outcomes improve the more clients and therapists agree on goals and methods and form collaborative working relationships to implement those agreements. The findings support deep patient involvement in deciding treatment goals and methods.

REVIEW 2011 HTM file
Evidence-based psychotherapy relationships: Cohesion in group therapy

This meta-analytic review commissioned by the American Psychological Association suggests that fostering cohesion between leaders and groups, and within groups, is often an important way to improve group therapy outcomes. Practice recommendations will help group leaders make the most of this common substance use treatment format.

ABSTRACT 2011 HTM file
Evidence-based psychotherapy relationships: Congruence/genuineness

This meta-analytic review commissioned by the American Psychological Association finds that in the (mainly Western) cultures where these studies have been done, outcomes improve the more therapists are seen as genuine by their clients and relating to them human to human rather than as an authority figure.

STUDY 2011 HTM file
Therapist effectiveness: implications for accountability and patient care

1 in 6 US therapists (mainly not specialising in substance use) typically ended up with clients whose substance use problems were significantly worse than when they started therapy, an indication perhaps that social workers and mental health counsellors find these issues especially hard to deal with.

REVIEW 2018 HTM file
The real relationship and its role in psychotherapy outcome: a meta-analysis

Findings amalgamated for the American Psychological Association indicate that patient progress and treatment quality are strongly related to the strength of the personal (‘real’) relationship between client and therapist – more strongly than the working relationship focused on the therapy. Showing that you like, value and care for someone may be therapeutic in itself.

STUDY 1988 HTM file
Is the counselor an “active ingredient” in substance abuse rehabilitation? An examination of treatment success among four counselors

The unexpected resignations of two counsellors at a US methadone clinic in early 1985 triggered a unique study of the influence of counsellors on their patients’ recovery. Its insight remains relevant today, and the study has been added to the Effectiveness Bank as a piece of ‘old gold’.

REVIEW 2011 HTM file
Evidence-based psychotherapy relationships: Alliance in individual psychotherapy

This comprehensive meta-analytic review commissioned by the American Psychological Association finds that the relationship between psychotherapist and client is one of the largest and most consistent indicators of outcomes. Authoritative practice recommendations will aid substance use counsellors and therapists.

REVIEW 2011 HTM file
Evidence-based psychotherapy relationships: Positive regard

This meta-analytic review commissioned by the American Psychological Association finds outcomes improve the more therapists are consistently warm and show high regard for clients. Given the stigma and low regard attached to addiction and addicts, these findings have important implications for promoting recovery.

REVIEW 2011 HTM file
Evidence-based psychotherapy relationships: Managing countertransference

This meta-analytic review commissioned by the American Psychological Association finds that therapists with the self-awareness and other abilities to recognise, understand and use their reactions to clients, even when these are driven by the therapist's own internal conflicts, do better therapy and have more satisfied clients.


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