Title

Revisiting Bordin's Theory on the Therapeutic Alliance: Implications for Family Therapy

Keywords

therapeutic alliance, family therapy, psychoanalytic theory

Abstract

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.

Document Type

Peer-Reviewed Article

Publication Date

2002-6

Publisher

Contemporary Family Therapy

Language

English

College

Family, Home, and Social Sciences

Department

Family Life

University Standing at Time of Publication

Associate Professor

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