The Talker in Talking Therapies. Effectiveness Bank Alcohol Treatment Matrix Cell B4

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Drug and Alcohol Findings
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Key studies on the impact of the practitioner in psychosocial therapies for alcohol dependence. Structured around Carl Rogers’ classic account of the “necessary and sufficient conditions” for effective therapy. Highlights the seminal alcohol study that validated empathy, understanding and warmth, and explores three key issues:
- Is Rogerian ‘sounding board’ listening really all that’s needed?
- Does being genuine entail contravening other Rogerian mandates?
- If therapists are influential, why don’t more studies register their effects?

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One of 25 cells in the Alcohol Treatment Matrix mapping seminal and key research and guidance on alcohol brief interventions and treatment.

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