Why Measure Therapeutic Alliance?
As psychologists we often get in the same routine for years once we figure out what’s working for us. This post will hopefully help you find a new way of figuring out what is actually working for clients! Introducing the Agnew Relationship Measure- 5 (ARM-5), which is included in all NovoPsych subscriptions.
Feedback Informed Treatment (FIT)
The ARM-5 is based on the concept of Feedback Informed Treatment (FIT), which involves routinely and most importantly formally seeking feedback from clients about the process of therapy and the working relationship with the therapist. Most NovoPsych users routinely measure outcomes (symptoms or psychological wellbeing), but a real opportunity lies in measuring therapeutic alliance. After all, therapeutic alliance is among the best predictors of outcomes.
I’m aware there is a diversity of views about FIT; some people swear by it and others have theoretical objections to measuring therapeutic alliance. I’m not here to evangelise, but feel that the ARM-5 can be a helpful tool for a therapist’s toolbox. I’d be interested to get your feedback on FIT, either way.
ARM-5 Quick Guide
Measures: Therapeutic bond, sense of partnership, and confidence in the therapy.
Helpful for: Gaining feedback from clients about how sessions are going.
Comparable measures: The ARM-5 is similar to the Session Rating Scale (SRS), but with better psychometric properties. For this reason it is recommended over the SRS.