What kind of car do you drive?: The relationship as a vehicle of positive change in collaborative alliances

Joe Mannion, Fontbonne University, USA
Chelsi Day, Athletic Mind Institute / Matrix Psychological Services, USA

Theme: Professional development and mentoring

Program ID: WKSP-28

Presentation: October 5, 2013 8:15 am - 9:30 am

Room: Elmwood


Reviews (Norcross, Beutler, & Levant, 2005; Sexton & Whiston, 1994) have strongly suggested the quality of therapist-client relationships has been a key determinant of positive outcomes in clinical and counseling intervention research. The quality of consultant-client relationships has also been suggested to be a key determinant of sport and exercise psychology intervention outcomes (Mannion & Andersen, 2013; Petitpas, Giges, & Danish, 1999). Furthermore, the quality of supervisor-supervisee relationships has been explored as a key determinant of positive supervision outcomes (Andersen, 2012). The foci of many graduate programs and conference sessions, however, are frequently on the interventions themselves rather than the relationships that underpin them. The purpose of this workshop is to examine dynamics of high quality consultant-client relationships and to give participants opportunities to practice building positive working alliances during intake role-plays. These initial encounters frequently offer the opportunity to eliminate confusion and suboptimal starts due to the variance of individual defaults by intentionally setting up guidelines and expectations for the relationship. The criteria for these guidelines and relationship-building exercises will draw upon overarching and transtheoretical principles of Rogerian therapy (Rogers, 1957, 1961, 1992), intra- and inter-personal mindfulness (Andersen & Mannion, 2011), and interpersonal neurobiology (Siegel, 2010), which have been shown to improve collaborative alliances (e.g., consultant-athlete, supervisor-supervisee, teacher-student) and outcomes. Teaching methods will include (a) a discussion of research findings and practical implications, (b) role-play breakout groups, and (c) large-group processing. Participants will also receive handouts with workshop content for their practice and suggested reading.

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