The Brief Therapeutic Alliance Scale (BTAS-5)
The therapeutic alliance is central to the manifestation of positive client outcome following counselling. The five item Brief Therapeutic Alliance Scale (BTAS-5) was developed by Workreach Lab for the rapid assessment of the working alliance as experienced by clients in relation to their counsellor/therapist; it assesses (for example) feelings of connection and trust with the assigned therapist. It can be administrated at case close and/or earlier in the care pathway.
The BTAS-5 is a validated scale (internal Workreach Lab study, 2020) and due to its brevity is ideal for use in a service-oriented setting (e.g., employee assistance programs, mental heath programs) when survey duration is an important consideration.
Analyses conducted with working Canadians indicated that the scale has high reliability and validity
Higher therapeutic alliance ratings correlate with improved client outcomes after counselling/therapy.