The Computerized Cognitive Training Alliance – a proposal for a therapeutic alliance model for home-based computerized cognitive training

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BACKGROUND: To increase the number of hours available for cognitive rehabilitation, it may be an option to use the spouse or paid assistants to assist with computerized home training. However, the delegation of training responsibilities may affect the normal roles of the therapist, the spouse and the training assistants.
OBJECTIVE: This article suggests a new model for understanding the impact of computerized home training on the therapeutic alliance between the therapist, the patient and training assistants. Aspects of this knowledge are relevant also for the development and use of computerized training systems in clinical settings.
METHOD: Qualitative Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA) of semi-structured interviews was used to analyses the experience gained during home-based computerized cognitive training.
RESULTS: Home-based computerized training enforces the delegation of aspects of the therapeutic alliance established between the therapist and the patient. The perceived authority of assistants and computer training systems may differ from the authority established through the patient/therapist alliance. Information may be lost in transition impacting skills and expertise long-term.
CONCLUSION: Roles and responsibilities between the therapist, the assistants and the computerized training system need to be clearly defined. A Cognitive Training Alliance model is being proposed which takes into consideration the challenges of delegating training responsibility to computer systems and non-professional assistants.
Original languageEnglish
Article numbere03254
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)1-20
Publication statusPublished - 28 Jan 2020

    Research areas

  • Faculty of Social Sciences - Psychology, Clinical psychology, Spousal impact, The cognitive training alliance model, Home training, Caretaker involvement, Computer-based cognitive rehabilitation

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