In your Egan and Reese text, read the following:
- Chapter 4, "Therapeutic Presence: Tune in to Clients and Listen Carefully," pages 97–128, which examines the importance of dialogue in the helping professions.
- Chapter 5, "Empathic Responding: Working at Mutual Understanding," pages 129–158, which focuses on communicating empathic understanding to clients and checking to see whether that understanding is accurate.
- Chapter 5, "Master the Art of Probing and Summarizing," pages 159–186, which explores how prompts and probes can be another important communication skill in getting clients to explore their concerns.
In your Cormier text, read the following:
- Chapter 2, "The Helping Relationship," pages 24–46, which examines the overall relationship between therapist empathy and outcomes (clients' feelings, perceptions, values, assumptions, and views). This chapter also addresses positive regard, which draws upon research to show how the therapist's ability to provide positive regard for the client seems to be significantly associated with therapeutic success. In addition, the chapter covers the concept of congruence, including the empirical support for the importance of therapist congruence to positive psychotherapy outcomes.
- Being an extrovert, supportive, active and warm.
Question 1: The Therapeutic Relationship
The readings up to this point in the course offer significant empirical support for the idea that the therapeutic relationship is one of the most important—if not the most important—factors in a positive psychotherapy outcome. From your readings this week and last week, as well as your own experience interacting with others, what factors would you consider to contribute the most to a positive relationship? Be specific, and support your ideas with information from your readings.
QUESTION 2:Necessary and Sufficient Therapist Qualities
Self-reflection is an important quality for psychotherapists of any theoretical orientation. We must be aware of our own strengths and limitations to be able to understand our part of the two-way therapeutic alliance.
Reflect on qualities of your own interpersonal style (extroverted or introverted, active or passive, supportive or critical, cool or warm, and so on), as well as qualities you have read about in this unit's readings. Which qualities of your own do you believe will contribute to successful psychotherapy? Are there any qualities you can identify in yourself that might interfere with a positive alliance? Be honest, concrete, and specific.
The qualities I would like to discuss in this quest are the following, being an extrovert, active and supportive warm person