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(p. 167) Goal Consensus and Collaboration 

(p. 167) Goal Consensus and Collaboration
(p. 167) Goal Consensus and Collaboration

Georgiana Shick Tryon

, Sarah E. Birch

, and Jay Verkuilen

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date: 05 May 2021

This chapter provides meta-analyses of the relation between goal consensus and collaboration and individual psychotherapy outcome. For the 54 studies (N = 7,278) of goal consensus and outcome, the result was r = .24 or d = .49, representing a medium effect. For the 53 studies (N = 5,286) of patient–therapist collaboration and outcome, the result was r = .29 or d = .61, another medium effect. Results suggest patient–therapist goal consensus and collaboration enhance psychotherapy outcome. The chapter concludes with research limitations, diversity considerations, and therapeutic practices. Research suggests that therapists seek input from patients to form and effect treatment goals and plans, provide patients with regular feedback, and seek their involvement throughout therapy.

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