College of Psychology: Faculty Articles

Title

The Therapeutic Frame: On the Need for Flexibility

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2-1-1997

Keywords

Public Health, Psychiatry, Clinical Psychology, Psychology of Personality, Social Psychology

Publication Title

Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy

ISSN

0022-0116

Volume

27

Issue/No.

2

Abstract

A fundamental function of the therapeutic frame is protection of the therapeutic process from the intrusion of elements antithetical to the best interest of the client and detrimental to treatment outcome. It is argued that dogmatic interpretation of the frame promotes conformity rather than growth in the client, blinds the therapist to legitimate issues of n the welfare of the client, inflexible adherence undermines this purpose.client diversity, and constricts the therapist's ability to be appropriately responsive to the client. It is suggested that while the frame is essential to maintain the focus of treatment o

DOI

10.1023/A:1025664228870