Revisiting Bordin's Theory on the Therapeutic Alliance: Implications for Family Therapy
therapeutic alliance, family therapy, psychoanalytic theory
Because of the belief that relationships are a major contributor to problems as well as the avenue for bringing about change, the alliance between therapists and clients is important in family therapy. Writings and ideas on the therapeutic alliance from psychoanalytic theory were used by Edward Bordin to develop a working theory in 1979, and later adapted to the field of family therapy. However, the adaptation did not account for many variables unique and important to family therapy. This article describes the therapeutic alliance and the necessity of creating a theory of therapeutic alliance that accounts for family therapy concepts. Future ideas for scholarship are presented.
Original Publication Citation
Johnson, L. N., & Wright, D. (2002). Revisiting Bordin's theory on the therapeutic alliance: Implications for family therapy. Contemporary Family Therapy, 24, 257-269.
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Johnson, Lee N. and Wright, David W., "Revisiting Bordin's Theory on the Therapeutic Alliance: Implications for Family Therapy" (2002). Faculty Publications. 2498.
Contemporary Family Therapy
Family, Home, and Social Sciences
© Human Sciences Press, Inc. 2002