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The therapeutic alliance during remotely delivered therapy: a Delphi study with health professionals.

20 May 22

Who is doing the study and in what capacity?

The primary investigator for this research project is Samuel Tyrrell, Clinical Psychology Trainee at the University of Manchester (myself). This research is affiliated with the Division of Psychology and Mental Health at the University of Manchester. My clinical supervisors and Dr Sanra Bucci and Dr Katherine Berry.

What is the study about?

The therapeutic alliance refers to the quality and strength of the collaborative relationship between patient and therapist. The alliance is generally agreed to encompass mutual trust, liking, respect and caring as well as consensus about and commitment to goals in therapy. It is a sense of purposeful partnership and a mutual understanding and commitment to anticipated therapy outcomes. Over the COVID-19 pandemic, clinicians have been required to move to delivering therapy online through necessity rather than choice.

In this study, we hope to develop consensus among professionals working therapeutically with patients through remote means about what the key components are of establishing and maintaining a therapeutic alliance online/remotely. To date, no published research specifically focusses on the process of establishing and maintaining a therapeutic alliance when working remotely with patients in this way.

Therefore, this study could represent a novel and significant contribution to the knowledge base that may influence the rapidly changing way in which remote therapy is delivered to patients.

This study will investigate whether professionals working therapeutically with patients agree on the key components of establishing and maintaining a therapeutic alliance when engaging in remote synchronous therapy.

Confirmation of ethical approval? Please see attached.

What will the participants be required to do? Please see PIS attached.

How to register interest? Please see link below. This will take participants to the PIS, consent form and onto the first round of the delphi study. Participants will be asked to provide their email addresses to be contacted for the further two rounds.

For more information contact;

Samuel Tyrrell  - Clinical Psychologist in Doctorate Training.

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