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Assessment Terms

  • Agnew Relationship Measure (ARM-5)

    The ARM-5 is the 5-item version of the Agnew Relationship Measure (ARM; Agnew, Davies, Stiles, Hardy, Barkham, & Shapiro, 1998), and is a self-report measure designed to assess the client-therapist alliance. It is designed to be used close to the end of a therapy session at regular intervals (either every session, 2nd session or every 3rd session). Given that therapeutic alliance is among the best predictors of treatment success, this tool can help clinicians identify risk of dropout as well as track any ruptures/repairs in the alliance. The ARM-5 has been shown to be equivalent to other scales such as the Session Rating Scale (SRS) in terms of predicting client outcomes (Bouchard, 2018).

    The ARM-5 assesses three dimensions of the alliance known to be important for treatment efficacy
    3.Confidence in therapy 

Therapy Terms

  • What is mindfulness?

    Mindfulness is a mental state characterized by focused awareness on the present moment, without judgment or distraction. It involves being fully present and aware of one's thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and the surrounding environment, without becoming attached to or overly reactive to them. Mindfulness is often practiced through various techniques such as meditation, breathing exercises, and body scans. 

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