Therapist Perspectives on Building Therapeutic Alliance, Including with Clients with a History of Criminal Behaviour

Title: Therapist Perspectives on Building Therapeutic Alliance, Including with Clients with a History of Criminal Behaviour

Description: We are exploring the role of therapeutic alliance with clients of varying presentations, including clients with a history of criminal behaviour. Psychotherapy often involves building a therapeutic alliance and research suggests that the strength of the alliance is associated with treatment outcomes for a range of client presentations and therapeutic modalities. However, treatment is complex and it is still unclear how the therapeutic alliance is perceived by therapists in different contexts and with different clients, especially clients who have a history of criminal behaviour. To assess this we have designed an online qualtrics study with vignettes that describe various client presentations including clients with an offending history and participants will be asked questions regarding development and prioritisation of the working alliance as well as interpersonal style for each vignette. To show our appreciation for time and expertise taken we will be donating AUD $5.00 for every survey completed to a charity of the participant’s choice.

Specifics:
Study Population: Participants will be registered english-speaking psychologists with clinical and/or forensic experience. They do not need to have experience working with clients who have a criminal history, however some experience working with clients is necessary.

Participant Obligation: An online qualtrics questionnaire which will take approximately 30 minutes and will include demographic questions, four vignettes of various client presentations and questions regarding working alliance and its components and interpersonal style.

Location: Online - Melbourne

Project lead: Supervisor: Professor Michael Daffern

Study Dates: July 6, 2020 to December 31, 2020

Study Website: https://swinuw.au1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_erlZ37XiaMD0BdH