Alliance in Family Relationships
Name of Concept
Alliance in family relationships
Theoretical Context for Concept
Early in the history of psychotherapy, Carl Rogers’ (1951) emphasis on unconditional positive regard made the relationship central to the achievement of therapeutic gains. Building off of Rogerian concepts, Bordin (1979) conceptualized alliance as consisting of three components.
Specifically, the client and therapist must (a) develop a trusting relationship (bond), (b) establish agreement on what the client wants to change (goals), and (c) obtain agreement on how to go about changing (tasks). Bordin’s framework served as the foundation for decades of theoretical and empirical work on alliance.
Alliance in family relationships refers to a trusting...