Therapists' experiences of a brief case formulation and alliance focused pre-treatment training session (CALL)

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Objective: A general lack of supervision outcome studies and new advancements within therapist training methods inspired us to develop a randomised controlled trial, Case formulation and ALLiance (CALL), testing the efficacy of a brief pre-treatment training session. CALL combines generic case formulation and alliance principles with the supervision of a specific client. This qualitative study acts as a preliminary to the randomised controlled trial and aims to explore psychologists' experiences of participating in CALL. Method: Semi-structured interviews were conducted with seven psychologists in private practice, who participated in CALL between January and May 2020. The transcribed interviews were analysed using thematic analysis. Results: The psychologists described CALL as a clinically useful and collegial experience but simultaneously conveyed a lack of recollection of the training session and doubts as to its enduring utilisation. Conclusion: CALL has the potential to positively influence the process and outcome of therapy through the fostering of case formulation and alliance management skills, as well as a strong supervisory alliance. However, the familiar content or brief format of the session, and participants' memory bias, may have limited the utilisation and recall of the intervention.

TidsskriftCounselling and Psychotherapy Research
Udgave nummer4
Sider (fra-til)1112-1118
Antal sider7
StatusUdgivet - dec. 2022

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Funding Information:
This work was supported by the Health Foundation under grant number 16‐B‐0269; the Danish Psychological Association (grant number not provided); the Tryg Foundation under grant number 148569, and the Research Council of the Danish Practice Sector (grant number not provided).

Publisher Copyright:
© 2022 The Authors. Counselling and Psychotherapy Research published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd on behalf of British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.

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