Collaboration with Clients in Couple and Family Therapy
Name of Concept
Collaboration in couple and family therapy
In psychotherapy, collaboration refers to a philosophical stance or framework as well as a broad range of strategies that therapists use to build alliances, engender trust, converse with clients, and engage them in their recovery (Kazantzis and Kellis 2012). In couple and family therapy, collaboration involves forging alliances with each member of the dyad or family, and with the whole system, while respecting developmental hierarchies and boundaries. Collaboration can be considered to be a framework guiding therapy as well as a common therapeutic factor. For example, postmodern scholars Harlene Anderson and Harry Goolishian developed Collaborative therapy, a framework that encourages therapists to co-create the therapy process with families through dialogue (Anderson 2007). Therapeutic conversations integrate values around therapist-family co-equality, therapist attunement to clients’ worldviews, and...
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