Contemporary Family Therapy

, Volume 23, Issue 4, pp 441–454

Alliance Ratings as a Part of Trainee Evaluations Within Family Therapy Training

  • Becky R. Davenport
  • Dan Ratliff


Client-reported therapeutic alliance scores were examined as a measure of improvement in therapeutic skills across master's-level marriage and family therapy (MFT) training. The results indicate significant correlations between alliance ratings and training variables, with the number of cumulative clinical hours identified as a significant predictor of alliance ratings according to a regression analysis. Trainees lacking the expected number of clinical contact hours in each level of training were found to be more likely to receive consistently marginal alliance ratings. Additionally, alliance ratings were especially useful in identifying trainees who were functioning at minimal levels of competency.

training evaluation marriage and family therapy therapeutic alliance 


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© Human Sciences Press, Inc. 2001

Authors and Affiliations

  • Becky R. Davenport
    • 1
  • Dan Ratliff
    • 2
  1. 1.Iowa State UniversityAmes
  2. 2.Counseling and Human Services DepartmentSt. Mary's UniversitySan Antonio

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