Why you'll love this course

Paul Gilmartin, host of the Mental Illness Happy Hour, approaches the subject of therapeutic alliance with his characteristic humor and warmth. You'll learn, and you'll laugh.

Course description

Utilizing a wealth of survey responses from therapy clients, Katie Vernoy discusses techniques for building a strong bond between client and therapist, what therapists can get wrong, and how to respect the therapeutic relationship. With insightful commentary from comedian and mental health advocate Paul Gilmartin, host of The Mental Illness Happy Hour podcast.  

1 Hour CE. Video Format. ​​​

Note: Explicit language. Viewer discretion advised.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Operationally define "therapeutic alliance"

  • Describe four variables that positively impact the development of therapeutic alliance

  • Identify at least three common mistakes that negatively impact the therapeutic alliance and related treatment outcomes

Course Outline

  1. Therapeutic alliance
  2. Common mistakes
  3. Action plan


Katie Vernoy

Katie Vernoy

Katie Vernoy is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, coach, and consultant. As a helping professional for two decades, she’s navigated the ups and downs of our unique line of work. She’s run her own solo therapy practice, designed innovative clinical programs, built and managed large, thriving teams of service providers, and consulted hundreds of helping professionals on how to build meaningful AND sustainable practices.

Additional Information

Format & Length:

Video format; Total running time 60 minutes

Instructional Level:


Completion Requirements:

To obtain your CE certificate, you must progress through all course segments, complete a satisfaction survey, and obtain a score of 80% or higher on a course completion quiz.

Who Should Attend:

Counselors, clinical social workers, and marriage and family therapists.

Financial Support Statement:

SimplePractice Learning pays course presenters for their teaching. There is no other financial support for this course.

Conflict of Interest Statement:

There is no potential conflict of interest or outside commercial support for this course.

Refund Policy:

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NAADAC Approval Status:

This course is not part of our continuing education program approved through NAADAC. Click here to view our complete CE approval information, or check out our collection of NAADAC approved courses.