Being TherapeuticIssue 3 – June 2008 Author: Bob Diamond (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Therapy and therapeutic relationships are shown to be helpful for service users approximately 50-60% of the time, although some sources suggest the figure is lower.
- Many studies over a number of years looking at outcome in therapy have shown there are few differences between particular therapeutic models.
- Common factors in therapy such as, trust, warmth, understanding and acceptance may be the most effective factors in therapy.
Implications for practice
- All staff members working in Mental Health Services have the potential to provide service users with effective therapeutic approaches.
- Collaborative discussions involving respect, dignity, trust and acceptance are core to building therapeutic relationships.
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- Perkins, R. & Repper, J. (2001). Working alongside people with long term mental health problems Cheltenham: Nelson-thornes
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