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1 Workshop at the 2nd EATA Transactional Analysis Research Conference, Putteridge Bury Conference Centre, Luton, UK November 2012 The mutually beneficial process of research and practical work. PhD Roland Johnsson How to stimulate practitioners to be interested in research?

2 Workshop overview Lecture about George Strickers Scientist – Practitioner Model (S –R Model) Lecture from my research about Alliance and especially how to use the CCRT, Core Conflictual Relational Theme Method by Luborsky. Exercise by observing a therapy roleplay and coding from the Standard CCRT Categories (Barber, Crits- Christoph & Luborsky, 1990, pp 45-49)

3 The practitioner as a ”Scientist-Practitioner” or the ” Local Clinical Scientist” (Stricker, 2000; Stricker & Trierweiler, 1995) by building a bridge beteween two different attitudes connected to the scientist and the practitioner. Two different attitudes Idiographic approach Nomothetic approach Specify Generalize Human science Natural science Subjective Objective Unique life history Laws, Patterns, Traits Discover Confirm Process Effect ”Frog” perspective ”Eagle” perspective Qualitative Quantitative The Scientist-Practitioner Model

4 The affective dimension of alliance in transactional analysis psychotherapy Roland Johnsson och Gunvor Stenlund International Journal of Transactional Analysis Research Vol 1 No 1, July 2010 Article available on: Research article about alliance

5 Questions posed How can the affective relational patterns of different clients be characterized? To what extent do these patterns manifest themselves in the relations and interactions between the client and the therapist? How does the therapist deal with the client when the latter displays behaviour reflective of such relational patterns?

6 Investigated material Transcriptions of 24 videorecorded sessions Strategic selection: 10 sessions of 24 representing beginning, middle and end of the therapy. Randomised selection: 5 of 10 clients

7 Outcome factors in psychotherapy From Lambert and Berley (2002) and Norcross and Lambert (2011)

8 Outcome variance in psychotherapy From Norcross and Lambert (2011)

9 The Alliance concept (common terms) Alliance refers to the quality and strength of the collaboration between the client and the therapist in the therapy. The concept includes:  Positive affective bonds as mutual liking, trust, respect and caring.  Mutual agreements and commitments about the goal and ways to reach it.

10 The Alliance concept (History)  No universal definition  Freud origin (1912) who stressed the positive transference relationship.  Sterba (1934) ego-alliance, stressed the reality-testing, observing ego  Greenson (1965) ”working alliance” and ”therapeutic alliance”  Henry, Strupp, Schacht & Gaston (1994) Different views: Rational or Emotional  Stenlund (2002) Describes alliance in affect-theoretical terms (Tomkins, Luborsky)  Bordin (1976) stressed it as a pan-theoretical umbrella concept

11 ALLIANCE (Bordin, 1979)  Agreement about TASK and GOAL of the therapy  Emotional BOND Four dimensions Working alliance - COLLABORATION Therapeutic alliance - BONDING Therapists empathy - ACCEPTANCE Therapeutic contract - GOAL

12 Two dimensions of alliance  Agreement about TASK and GOAL of the therapy Emotional BOND Rational level Affective level

13 Transactional Analysis therapy (TA) Stresses the Rational level Following an egopsychological tradition the TA therapist adresses the clients reality-testing, concious part (Adult) to collaborate in dealing with the unconcious irrational (affective) parts (Script-bound Child). Rational here doesn´t mean lack of feelings.

14 Defining TA as rational Berne’s original critique of a traditional psychoanalytic approach has contributed to efforts to reduce the role of spontaneous regression in therapy and thus the time it requires as well. This has been accomplished by use of various techniques and approaches that encourage active, conscious choices on the part of the client. Choices leading to treatment goals expressed in the treatment contract. The emphasis in the TA method has thus shifted from that of long-term efforts involving what are often unarticulated, emotional and chaotic transference relationships to that of observable patterns of behaviour and manifest signs of unconscious communication processes.

15 The TA Redecision Approach in short Contracts (mutual agreement) Double-chair (contractual regression) Experential techniques (tasks, exercises) Responsibility model (Autonomy, Change) Short-term psychotherapy

16 Methodological Design Individual reading and coding Common discussion and assessments to consensus Reliabilitytest: Two separate sessions

17 Operative Approach Identify Relational Episodes (RE) Code all components into tailor-made categories. Transfer this to Standard categories. Formulate every clients CCRT Identify enactments (= test) Code therapists response on the ”tests”

18 To measure the affective interaction CCRT Core Conflictual Relational Theme Luborsky, L. (1990) Plan-diagnosis methodWeiss, J. & Sampson, H. (1986) METHODS

19 How the methods are used CCRT Identify affective relational patterns Plan-diagnosis method Investigate how therapist is respondonding to clients ”pathological” beliefs (plan).

20 CCRT – Core Conflictual Relationship Theme Class AClass B W = Wishes, needs, intentions RA and RS = Controlfunction that stops the client from satisfying his wish. Repetetive patterns in the clients narratives that often are in conflict with each other. Two classes of components RA = Response from Others RS = Response from Self

21 The Plan-diagnosis method Hypothesis Client is testing Therapist Refutes (successful) Anxiety decreases CHANGE

22 Result Identified 176 RE (Relational Episods) Coded 539 CCRT components (W,RA,RS) Identified 44 Enactments Enactments that matched the clients CCRT(”test“) 35 Therapist refuted “successful” 24½ tests Therapist confirmed“failed” 10,5 tests

23 Numbers of CCRT components (W, RA & RS) Numbers of CCRT components ClientWish (W) Response from Others (RA) Response from Self (RS)Total Agneta Barbro Daniel Erik Harriet Totalt

24 Total numbers of RE and Enactments and the numbers that match the clients individual CCRT (”test”). Note. The clients individual CCRT is decided from at least one of the CCRT W, RA and RS ClientREEnactments Individual CCRT (”test”) Agneta35138 Barbro Daniel Erik3822 Harriet2655 Total

25 Therapists response to the clients”test” Client”test”failedsuccessful Agneta835 Barbro1046 Daniel1129 Erik202 Harriet41,52,5 Total3510,524,5

26 Qualitative data To give a deeper understanding of the affective interaction our interpretation procedure is shown from two examples Client Agneta when therapist fails in the ”test” Client Daniel when therapist succeed in the ”test”.

27 Exampel when therapist fails in the ”test”. Quotation, page 52 (session 4, RE 1). Agneta: “I feel awfully afraid. I’m having heart palpitations. They came from your forcing me to decide what I wanted to take up today....begin... (Therapist: Mm) It feels almost as though I’d decided to make a speech, that I was forced to do something, as though others were dependent on me in some way (.) Earlier in the week, though, I thought a lot about what I could bring up and that sort of thing. I’d still like to, although I feel afraid...” Therapist: “Will you only try, or do you plan to do it?”

28 Clients (Agnetas) individual CCRT W: To assert myself, To be helped RA: Are controlling, Are rejecting RS: Am not open, Somatic symptoms

29 Our interpretation ( of the”test” between the therapist and client Agneta) The therapist is maintaining control and is trying to steer. His response is at a rational level. He should instead have acknowledged her anxiety and fear, as well as her heart palpitations – and thus have responded at an emotional level so as to give her the possibility of steering on her own, and in that way have provided her the possibility too of asserting herself. Events following the test. Agneta responds in an abrupt way, saying she wants to talk about that later on in the therapy. Acting as though she’s clenching her teeth, she says,...”I was forced to be strong just now.”

30 Exampel when the therapist is successful with the ”test” Quotation, page 54 (session 19, RE 11) Daniel: “Yes, but I’m wondering why you’re smiling the way you are.” Therapist: “How do you feel?” Daniel: “I was set back a little by the way you smiled. I don’t know what it was, but I felt a little bit irritated at it.” Therapist: “Yes, I smiled feeling that it was somewhat exaggerated, and realizing that you were experiencing it that way.” Daniel: “That’s what I felt, that it wasn’t completely as it should be.” Therapist: “I was being ironic. What do you think of that.” Daniel: “About being ironic in general?” Therapist: “No, about what I did.” (laughter) Daniel: “No, it was okay...” (laughter generally and small talk) continuing next picture

31 Continuing: Daniel Daniel: “It was dirt-cheap too. It didn’t cost much of anything. In that connection, I like it a lot, if it gets me to stand up for what I want. I realize very much that I need to do that, and take advantage of the little bit I’ve gotten here, things aren’t neutral any more, but I feel something for it all. That’s really important, as I see it. Feeling for things...” Therapist: “I don’t want to seem rejecting of you to make you feel that way.” Daniel: “That I understand perfectly well. It doesn’t seem that way at all. I sensed that I understood the meaning of feeling for things generally.” Therapist: “Good. How do you feel now?”

32 Clients (Daniels) individual CCRT W: To be open, To be understood RA: Are controlling, Are rejecting RS: Feel anxious, Feel angry

33 Our interpretation (of the”test” between the therapist and client Daniel) Daniel dares to question the approach the therapist takes and to test him still further, possibly because the therapist, in connection with Daniel’s earlier testing of him, repaired and thus strengthened the alliance between them. In the case considered here, Daniel becomes upset at the therapist’s smiling at him, making him feel that he was being mocked. The therapist again repairs the alliance through admitting he had done it in ironic intent. The therapist is able to show that even this seeming triviality is meaningful – that Daniel dared to open himself up in connection with it. The repair the therapist performs then makes the contact between them still closer than before.

34 Conclusion  In TA therapy rational aspects of alliance are emphasized.  The results of our study showed that affective dimensions of alliance played a considerably stronger role than would be expected if alliance were based on a predominance of rational considerations.  It appears that emotional aspects of the alliance between the client and the therapist represent an important factor in TA therapy.  Results of the study thus appear to be of clear clinical relevance to transactional analysis psychotherapy.

35 The number of ”tests” is the same as in individual psychodynamic short-term therapy (Stenlund, 2002) which means there are no difference if you emphasis a rational or an affective approach. The affective dimension of alliance is an important part of TA therapy, even if its not emphasised. It´s not possible to reduce the affective elements. Maybe the rational perspective only can be reached from an affective interaction = Are the affects the primary motivational force (Tomkins) Clinical implicati ons

36 Exercise Observing a roleplayed therapy session for 10 minutes from a scientifical ”Eagle-perspective” Using the CCRT components Wish (W), Response from Others (RO) and Response from Self (RS) from the lecture to code and analyze the client. Using the Standardized Categories and Classification to code the CCRT of the client.

37 A Guide to the CCRT Standard Categories and Their Classification Standard CCRT Categories (Edition 2) (Barber, Crits- Christoph & Luborsky, In Understanding Transference: The Core Conflictual Relationship Theme Method, (pp ). New York: Basic Books.

38 . 1 To be understood. To be comprehended; to be empathized with; to be seen accurately. 2 To be accepted. To be approved of; to not be judged; to be affirmed. 3 To be respected. To be valued; to be treated fairly; to be important to others. 4 To accept others. To be receptive to others. 5 To respect others. To value others. 6 To have trust. Others to be honest; others to be genuine; 7 To be liked. Others to be interested in me. 8 To be opened up to. To be responded to; to be talked to. 9 To be open. To express myself; to communicate. 10 To be distant from others. To not express myself/my feelings; to be left alone. 11 To be closed to others. To be included; to not be alone; to be friends. 12 To help others. To nurture others; to give to others. 13 To be helped. To be nurtured; to be given support; to be given something valuable; to be protected. 14 To not be hurt. To avoid pain and aggravation; to avoid rejection; to protect/defend myself. 15 To be hurt. To be punished; to be treated badly; to be injured. 16 To hurt others. To get revenge; to reject others; to express anger at others. 17 To avoid conflict. To compromise; to not anger others; to get along; to be flexible. 18 To oppose others. To resist domination; to compete against others. 19 To have control over others. To do minate; to have power; to have things my own way. 20 To be controlled by others. To be submissive; to be dependent; to be passive; to be given direction. 21 To have self-control. To be consistent; to be rational. 22 To achieve. To be competent; to do well; to win. 23 To be independent. To be self-sufficient; to be self- reliant; to be autonomous. 24 To feel good about myself. To be self-confident; to accept myself; to have sense of well-being. 25 To better myself. To improve; to get well. 26 To be good. To do the right thing; to be perfect; to be correct. 27 To be like other. To identify with other; to be similar to other; to model after other. 28 To be my own person. To not conform; to be unique. 29 To not be responsible or obligated. To be free; to not be constrained. 30 To be stable. To be secure; to have structure. 31 To feel comfortable. To relax; to not feel bad. 32 To feel happy. To have fun; to enjoy; to feel good. 33 To be loved. To be romantically involved. 34 To assert myself. To compel recognition of one’s rights. 35 To compete with someone for another persons affection. Table 1, Wishes, Needs, Intentions

39 Table 2. Responses from Others. 1 Are understanding. Are empathic; are sympathetic; see me accurately. 2 Are not understanding. Are not empathic; are unsympathetic; are inconsiderate. 3 Are accepting. Are not rejecting; approve of me; include me. 4 Are rejecting. Are disapproving; are critical. 5 Respect me. Treat me fairly; value me; admire me. 6 Don’t respect me. Don’t treat me fairly; don’t value me; don’t admire me. 7 Don’t trust me. Don’t believe me; are suspicious of me. 8 Are not trustworthy. Betray me; are deceitful; are dishonest. 9 Like me. Are interested in me. 10 Dislike me. Are not interested in me. 11 Are open. Are expressive; are disclosing; are available. 12 Are distant. Are unresponsive; are unavailable. 13 Are helpful. Are supportive; give to me; explain. 14 Are unhelpful. Are not comforting; are not reassuring; are not supportive. 15 Hurt me. Are violent; treat me badly; are punishing. 16 Are hurt. Are pained; are injured; are wounded. 17 Appose me. Are competitive; deny/block my wishes; go against me. 18 Are cooperative. Are agreeable. 19 Are out of control. Are unreliable; are not dependable; are irresponsible. 20 Are controlling. Are dominating; are intimidating; are aggressive; take charge. 21 Give me independence. Give me autonomy; encourage self-direction. 22 Are dependent. Are influenced by me; are submissive. 23 Are independent. Are self-directive; are not conforming; are autonomous. 24 Are strong. Are superior; are responsible, are important. 25 Are bad. Are wrong; are guilty; are at fault. 26 Are strict. Are rigid; are stern; are severe. 27 Are angry. Are irritable; are resentful; are frustrated. 28 Are anxious. Are scarred; are worried; are nervous. 29 Are happy. Are fun; are glad; enjoy. 30 Loves me. Is romantically interested in me.

40 Table 3. Responses of Self. 1 Understand. Comprehend; realise; see accurately. 2 Don’t understand. Am confused; am surprised; have poor self-understanding. 3 Feel accepted. Feel approved of. 4 Feel respected. Feel valued; feel admired. 5 Like others. Am friendly. 6 Dislike others. Hate others. 7 Am open. Express myself. 8 Am not open. Am inhibited; am not expressive; am distant. 9 Am helpful. Am supportive; try to please others; am giving. 10 Hurt others. Am violent; act hostile. 11 Oppose others. Am competitive; refuse/deny other; conflict with others. 12 Am controlling. Am dominating; am influential; manipulate others; am assertive; am aggressive. 13 Am out of control. Am irresponsible; am impulsive; am unreliable. 14 Am self-controlled. Am responsible. 15 Am independent. Make my own decisions; am self-directive; am autonomous. 16 Am dependent. Am submissive; am passive. 17 Am helpless. Am incompetent; am inadequate. 18 Feel self-confident. Am or feel successful; feel proud; feel self-assured. 19 Am uncertain. Feel torn; am ambivalent; feel conflicted. 20 Feel disappointed. Am not satisfied; feel displeased; feel unfulfilled. 21 Feel angry. Feel resentful; feel irritated; feel frustrated. 22 Feel depressed. Feel hopeless; feel sad; feel bad. 23 Feel unloved. Feel alone; feel rejected. 24 Feel jealous. Feel envious. 25 Feel guilty. Blame myself; feel wrong; feel at fault. 26 Feel ashamed. Am embarrassed; feel abashed. 27 Feel anxious. Feel scarred; feel worried; feel nervous. 28 Feel comfortable. Feel safe; am or feel satisfied; feel secure. 29 Feel happy. Feel excited; feel good; feel joy; feel elated. 30 Feel loved. 31 Somatic symptoms. Headache; rash; pain.


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