Therapeutic Communication


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Expiration Date

31 Dec 2025

Last Reviewed

1 Jan 2023

Estimated Time To Finish

120 Minutes

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Activity Description

Therapeutic communication is an invaluable approach to interactions with patients that is applicable across multiple disciplines. This activity reviews therapeutic communication, including its history, definition, applications, and explains the interprofessional team's role in improving the care of patients through the use of therapeutic communication.

Target Audience

This activity has been designed to meet the educational needs of social workers.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, the learner will be better able to:

  • Describe the techniques used in therapeutic communication.
  • Outline the common pitfalls in patient-provider communication.
  • Identify the anticipated barriers to effective patient-provider communication.
  • Review interprofessional strategies that can advance therapeutic communication to improve patient outcomes.


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  6. Obtain a certificate.

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    This was interesting and pointless all at the same time. I feel that people including nurses have personalities and occasional lack of social skills that cannot be learned in a book. Its unfortunate that even interpersonal relationships between nurse and patient needs directional training. Because everything has become sensitive and politically correct and nurses and patients may be becoming too disconnected to the human state of wellbeing while focusing too much on politically correctness.

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    Redundant questions. Please review answer keys as some are not coded correctly..

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