WHAT IS THE COMPANIONSHIPY THERAPY MODEL IN MENTAL HEALTH?
There is no unique “Companionship Therapy.” It is not a therapeutic orientation in the sense of being a set of techniques; rather the term denotesthat process resulting from a specific combination of interpersonal ingredients. The recipe can be stated roughly as: take a nonprofessional or paraprofessional counsellor chosen for his interpersonal competence, orient him toward not giving advice, pair him with a client, structure frequent contact into the relationship that evolves, and have a professional oversee itsprogress.
The companionship model combines elements of friendship withelements of therapy. Its theoretical basis stresses the value of empathic, nonjudgmental, playful contact for the resolution of emotional difficulties. Therapy is removed from the therapist’s office to the client’s natural surroundings: his home or place of recreation. Client-counsellor contact maycover the full gamut of activities that come under the rubric ofcompanionship, as well as those more traditionally associated with therapy.Thus…
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