In the past decade psychotherapy researchers’ strategies have converged on a set of closely related methods for the systematic description of patient’s conflicts, of the processes of change in treatment, and of their relationship to the outcomes. Hoffman and Gill’s coding of the Patient’s Experience of the Relationship with the Therapist (PERT), (this volume), Luborsky’s Core Conflictual Relationship Theme (CCRT), (1977, 1984, this volume; Levine and Luborsky 1981), and Strupp et al.’s Cyclical Maladaptive Patterns (CMP), (this volume; Schacht, Binder and Strupp 1984) each adopt a slightly different version of an interpersonal focus on the patient-therapist dyad. Others such as Horowitz’s (Horowitz et al. 1984) Configurational Analysis and Slap’s Schema (1986; Slap and Slaykin 1983) emphasize systematic description of internally represented States of Mind (Horowitz 1979) in patients and of the role of these states in the processes of change.


Critical Behavior Frame Structure Frame System Support Frame Inductive Generalization 
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