Social Work

Date of Paper/Work


Degree Name

Master of Social Work (M.S.W.)

Type of Paper/Work

Clinical research paper


Lisa Kiesel


This systematic narrative review examined best practices for developing therapeutic alliances with clients living with psychotic disorders. A systematic narrative literature review resulted in eight articles included in this research. A narrative review of the articles presented three main findings: practitioner’s utilization of psychotherapeutic theories in order to conceptualize psychotic symptoms and build relationships, recovery-focused collaborative models of care, and what clients say they want in relationships from practitioners. Results indicated that there may be a disconnect between theory and practice, as data speaking to the process of building a therapeutic alliance with this population was limited. Further implications recommend that mental health practitioners gain knowledge and skills in the evidence-based models of Feedback- Informed Treatment (FIT) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Psychosis (CBTp).


therapeutic alliance, psychotic disorders, psychotherapeutic theories

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