This research investigated the working alliance between therapist and client at RiverView Clinic, an outpatient mental health center. Utilizing data captured by the Working Alliance Inventory-Short Revised (WAI-SR), the research posited the following:
- median total scores from therapist’s would be higher than median scores of the working alliance from clients
- clients who presented with mild to moderate concerns would have higher working alliance scores than clients who reported moderate to severe concerns
- new clients would have higher task and goal sub-scores than clients in therapy for more than fifteen sessions
- if working alliance scores reflected ruptures or strains in the working alliance, scores would increase if worked through with the client to identify the inconsistencies between their self-defeating behavior and the goals they committed to in therapy. Hypothetically, subsequent scores would then increase, possibly higher than before the rupture.
Date of Degree
Other Capstone Project
Master of Social Work (MSW)
Social and Behavioral Sciences
Bramstedt, Jennifer, "The Working Alliance: A Survey of an Outpatient Mental Health Center" (2013). All Theses, Dissertations, and Other Capstone Projects. 848.
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