Person-Centered Care and the Therapeutic Alliance

Emily K. Hamovitch, Mimi Choy-Brown, Victoria Stanhope

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    Person-centered care has been gaining prominence in behavioral health care, and service planning has shifted towards “person-centered care planning” (PCCP), where individuals, in partnership with providers, identify life goals and interventions. A strong therapeutic alliance has been identified as key to a person-centered approach, but little is known about how the therapeutic relationship influences person-centered processes and outcomes. Using an explanatory sequential mixed methods design, this study investigated: (1) the association between the therapeutic alliance and PCCP, and (2) how the therapeutic relationship influences the process and outcomes of PCCP. Quantitative analyses found that a strong working alliance predicted greater personcenteredness. Qualitative analyses revealed two central themes: (1) the importance of connection, continuity, and calibration of the relationship to set the right conditions for PCCP, and (2) PCCP as a vehicle for engagement. Findings demonstrated that the therapeutic alliance is inextricably linked to the PCCP process, each influencing the other.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)951-958
    Number of pages8
    JournalCommunity mental health journal
    Volume54
    Issue number7
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Oct 1 2018

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    Keywords

    • Person-centered care
    • Recovery
    • Service planning
    • Therapeutic alliance

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Health(social science)
    • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
    • Psychiatry and Mental health

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    Person-Centered Care and the Therapeutic Alliance. / Hamovitch, Emily K.; Choy-Brown, Mimi; Stanhope, Victoria.

    In: Community mental health journal, Vol. 54, No. 7, 01.10.2018, p. 951-958.

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    Hamovitch, EK, Choy-Brown, M & Stanhope, V 2018, 'Person-Centered Care and the Therapeutic Alliance', Community mental health journal, vol. 54, no. 7, pp. 951-958. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10597-018-0295-z
    Hamovitch, Emily K. ; Choy-Brown, Mimi ; Stanhope, Victoria. / Person-Centered Care and the Therapeutic Alliance. In: Community mental health journal. 2018 ; Vol. 54, No. 7. pp. 951-958.
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