Phases of Helping Relationships

by Cathy Parkes December 07, 2020 Updated: August 14, 2021

Phases of a helping/therapeutic relationship: Orientation, Working, and Termination. During Orientation, parameters are established: Goal of relationship; Meeting location, frequency, and length; Confidentiality; Duration of relationship.

Phases of a helping (therapeutic) relationship with a patient include Orientation, Working, and Termination.

During the Orientation phase, the parameters of the relationship are established:

  • Goal of relationship.
  • Meeting location, frequency, and length.
  • Confidentiality.
  • Duration of relationship.

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