Working Alliance Skills for Mental Health Professionals

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Jairo N. Fuertes
Oxford University Press, Oct 28, 2019 - Psychology - 248 pages
Working Alliance Skills for Mental Health Professionals provides expert guidance to mental health providers who wish to develop and augment their skills and competence in this area of practice. Each chapter deconstructs a dimension of the working alliance in psychotherapy, defining and describing specific mechanisms and interventions that can help professionals establish an alliance with their clients. The book includes skills in nonverbal communication, ways to foster the working bond with diverse clients, goal and task setting strategies, and verbal and interpersonal therapeutic skills, as well as mechanisms for repairing ruptures and for fostering the working alliance through supervision. The authors provide "in session" examples of how each skill may be implemented, and highlight the use of interventions through clinical vignettes and masked clinical cases. Working Alliance Skills for Mental Health Professionals is ideal for use in training programs in counseling, clinical psychology, and social work. It may also be valuable to professional-level practitioners interested in honing their skills in optimizing the working alliance.

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2 The Bond of the Working Alliance
3 Therapeutic Interpersonal Skills for Facilitating the Working Alliance
4 Setting Goals and Tasks in the Working Alliance
5 Consensus and Collaboration in the Working Alliance
Implications for Clinicians
7 Multicultural Considerations in the Working Alliance
8 A Therapists Guide to Repairing Ruptures in the Working Alliance
Supervisor Roles and Strategies
10 Integration and Discussion

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Jairo N. Fuertes, PhD, ABPP, LMHC, is Professor of Psychology in the Gordon F. Derner School of Psychology at Adelphi University. He is a licensed psychologist and mental health counselor in New York State and has Board Certification in both Counseling and Clinical Psychology from the American Board of Professional Psychology. He is also a staff psychologist at the counseling center at Baruch College, City University of New York.

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