WHAT ARE THE THERAPEUTIC CONTRACTS IN MENTAL HEALTH?
Contracts form a center piece of psychotherapy. They detail methods and specify goals.The agreement must make sense or the patient may not follow it. It evolves during a course of therapy and reflects the changing views patient and therapist hold of the problem as well as of each other.
Both parties bring a basic philosophy and a set of expectations into their relationship;they observe,select as relevant, and interpret events accordingly. A behaviourist would monitor chains of stimuli and responses, whereas an existentialist would relate to their meaning. An analyst would interpret a disturbed relationship as a result of childhood memories. Meanwhile, a frightened patient might see signs of mental illness and ask for reassurance. Reality is obviously multidimensional. Cognitively oriented therapists consider the patient’s conceptions and explain to him the effects of his own interpretative style and how it colours his views. They do not intervene right away with a…
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