Motive-oriented therapeutic relationship building for patients diagnosed with schizophrenia

Westermann, Stefan; Cavelti, Marialuisa; Heimbach, Eva; Caspar, Franz (2015). Motive-oriented therapeutic relationship building for patients diagnosed with schizophrenia. Frontiers in psychology, 6 Frontiers Research Foundation 10.3389/fpsyg.2015.01294

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Treatment options for patients with schizophrenia demand further improvement. One way to achieve this improvement is the translation of findings from basic research into new specific interventions. Beyond that, addressing the therapy relationship has the potential to enhance both pharmacological and non-pharmacological treatments. This paper introduces motive-oriented therapeutic relationship (MOTR) building for schizophrenia. MOTR enables therapists to proactively adapt to their patient’s needs and to prevent problematic behaviors. For example, a patient might consider medication as helpful in principle, but the rejection of medication might be one of his few remaining means for his acceptable motive to stay autonomous despite hospitalization. A therapist who is motiveoriented proactively offers many degrees of freedom to this patient in order to satisfy his need for autonomy and to weaken the motivational basis for not taking medication. MOTR makes use of findings from basic and psychotherapy research and is generic in this respect, but at the same time guides therapeutic action precisely and flexibly in a patient oriented way.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Psychology > Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy

UniBE Contributor:

Westermann, Stefan; Cavelti, Marialuisa and Caspar, Franz

Subjects:

600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health

ISSN:

1664-1078

Publisher:

Frontiers Research Foundation

Language:

English

Submitter:

Marialuisa Cavelti

Date Deposited:

11 Sep 2015 10:54

Last Modified:

26 Jun 2016 02:07

Publisher DOI:

10.3389/fpsyg.2015.01294

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.71590

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/71590

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