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Therapeutic Relationships - Developing Partnerships in Diverse Settings.

Issue: Vol.10, No.4 - October 2011

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  1. Dr Karen Wright
    Principal Lecturer
    School of Nursing & Caring Sciences, University of Central Lancashire, rn

The establishment of a positive therapeutic relationship (TR) has been widely acknowledged as an intrinsic part of therapy and caring services. The nature and purpose of therapeutic relationship is presented here in the context of contemporary theory which is critiqued in terms of its relevance in the context of ‘care’ rather than ‘therapy’. Assumptions about what constitutes a positive TR are considered in the light of the conflicting perspectives and the likely absence of previously accepted conditions of such a partnership/ alliance.

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