The motivational foundations of different therapeutic orientations as indicated by therapists' value preferences

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Abstract

Objective: The present study investigates the relationships between therapists' value preferences and their beliefs in the efficacy of the four main therapeutic orientations (cognitive behavior, psychodynamic, client-centered, and eco-systemic). Method: The study was conducted in Israel. Social workers practicing individual therapy in different psychosocial services participated in the study (n = 528). Results: Personal value preferences explained a significant proportion of the variance in the social workers' beliefs in the efficacy of different therapeutic orientations. Each therapeutic orientation was associated with a specific pattern of value preferences, thus indicating that different therapeutic orientations promote or impede the attainment of the therapists' specific motivational goals. Conclusions: The study results' implications for understanding the motivational foundations of different therapeutic orientations are discussed, as well as their possible application for therapist training and practice.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)352-364
Number of pages13
JournalPsychotherapy Research
Volume26
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 3 May 2016

Keywords

  • client-centered therapy
  • cognitive behavioral therapy
  • eco-systemic therapy
  • personal value preferences
  • psychodynamic therapy
  • therapeutic orientations

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