Therapists have been collaborating with researchers.
They viewed engagement between sessions as critical to therapeutic success. Here's why.
Homework Creates Better Outcomes
There's a strong correlation between clients who do homework and clients who do well in therapy.
Relying On Willpower Can Be Risky
Clients spend 99% of their time between sessions, where traditionally they rely solely on willpower.
Between Sessions Is The Biggest Influencer
What happens between sessions counts for 40% of the influence on client outcomes (Lambert).
What did the research show?
By using a blended therapy platform therapists were able to better support their clients between sessions.
They could automatically deliver the three part "Elephant & Rider" change framework to their clients, giving willpower some needed support.
1. Motivate The Elephant (Emotional)
It's critical to engage the emotional side during times of change. Example: displaying all the work they've done so far.
2. Shape The Path (Environmental)
Remove as many barriers as possible. Example: sending automatic reminders about homework.
3. Direct The Rider (Rational)
What looks like resistance may be a lack of clarity. Example: clearly link tasks to goals.
What were the results?
Therapists & their clients started to reap the benefits of the law of accumulation.
Therapists in the studies reported a trio of benefits they might have otherwise missed out on.
1. Increased Engagement
Therapists reported they were indeed able to improve homework completion rates by taking a blended approach.
2. Reduced Early Dropouts
Perhaps an unexpected yet welcome benefit was a reduction of client "no shows".
3. Stronger Therapeutic Alliance
Therapists could spend more time on building the alliance since less time was spent discussing incomplete homework.