CTN-0041-S: Relationships Between Demographic Characteristics of Patients and Therapists, Measures of Therapeutic Process and Therapeutic Alliance, and Outcomes

Alyssa Forcehimes, PhD
Lead Investigator
Center on Alcoholism, Substance Abuse, and Addictions (CASAA)
University of New Mexico

Establishing a positive relationship between the therapist and patient is recognized as a crucial element for successful psychotherapy regardless of treatment modality.  The aim of this study was to test whether participants’ and therapists’ perceptions of therapeutic alliance were associated with total days of substance use across participants in three MET/MI trials in the CTN and whether the relationship between substance use and therapeutic alliance would differ when patients’ race or gender matched their therapists’ race or gender.