Way of being and the therapeutic pyramid: Expanding the application of a common factors meta-model

Sean D. Davis, Stephen T. Fife, Jason B. Whiting, Kay P. Bradford

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Abstract

Common factors proponents have suggested the need for principle-based meta-models to explain how various factors interact with each other to produce change. The therapeutic pyramid is a common factors meta-model that outlines how therapeutic skills and techniques, the therapeutic alliance, and a therapist's way of being interactive to produce therapeutic change. Skills and techniques occupy the smallest top portion of the pyramid, with the therapeutic alliance in the middle and a therapist's way of being forming the foundation of the pyramid. The success of any layer rests on the quality of the immediately underlying layer. This study illustrates the broad applicability of common factors meta-models by applying the therapeutic pyramid to couples therapy, family therapy, training and supervision, and professional ethics.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)69-84
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Marital and Family Therapy
Volume47
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2021

Keywords

  • common factors
  • meta-models
  • therapeutic pyramid
  • way of being

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