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Psicologia Clínica

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STENZEL, Lucia Marques. Interpersonal therapeutic expertise: The re-establishment of Carl Rogers in evidence-based practice in psychology. Psicol. clin. [online]. 2021, vol.33, n.3, pp. 557-576. ISSN 0103-5665.

Interpersonal expertise is one of the central elements of clinical expertise for evidence-based practice in psychology. Recent research shows a greater appreciation of the relational factors involved in the psychotherapeutic process, such as, the value currently given to empathic understanding as a facilitator of psychotherapy. This work aims to demonstrate the existence of a convergence between the Rogerian assumptions and these recent evidences. To this end, it is proposed to analyze this confluence based on the resumption of the necessary conditions for psychotherapy postulated by Carl Rogers, as detailed in three elements that involve the complexity of interpersonal therapeutic skills: the person of the therapist; the way the client perceives the therapist's attitudes; and the therapeutic relationship per se. Finally, it points to the potential of the humanistic approach and mainly of Rogerian assumptions, which show a proposal of alterity and dialogicity for the psychotherapeutic process, for understanding and effecting relational factors in clinical practice, as newly endorsed even by the most recent scientific evidence of effectiveness in psychotherapy, present in the latest recommendations of the APA, valid, therefore, for the entire psychological clinic, regardless of the theoretical approach of choice of the therapist.

Keywords : interpersonal therapeutic expertise; evidence-based practice in psychology; clinical expertise.

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