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Therapeutic Relationships

The therapeutic relationship (also therapeutic alliance, the helping alliance, or the working alliance) refers to the relationship between a healthcare professional and a client (or patient). It is the means by which a therapist and a client hope to engage with each other, and effect beneficial change in the client.

How the client and therapist engage has a profound impact on the successes of therapy and counselling. This relationship is essential to establishing and promoting willingness for the client to share and engage within the therapeutic space. The relationship will hopefully allow the client to move toward more open behaviours and an increased level of self-awareness.

The course explores the concept of the 'therapeutic relationship' and how it is the fundamental basis for any intervention and as an intervention in its own right.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course, participants will be able to

  1. define Therapeutic Relationships
  2. describe the key staff qualities for developing Therapeutic Relationships
  3. understand the importance of effective communication
  4. explain how perception can affect therapeutic relationships
  5. recognise issues relating to attachment and transference

Who is the course for?

Anybody who has an interest in building up their knowledge and skills around developing effective Therapeutic Relationships can apply for this course.

Dates, Duration and Venue

Date July 2020
Duration 1 day

Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust Bury New Road, Prestwich, Manchester, M25 3BL

Please note, training can be delivered at a venue of your choice subject to numbers.

As a patient

As a service user, relative or carer using our services, sometimes you may need to turn to someone for help, advice, and support. 

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