Influencing the working alliance between justice assistants and their clients: the use of the Working Alliance for Mandated Clients Inventory as a professional tool for joint reflection

Johan Boxstaens

The findings of the present study confirm the importance of the WA in community supervision practice. Although using the WAMC-I as a tool for joint reflection initially encountered resistance amongst justice assistants, the data show a growing consensus regarding the perceived usability and relevance of the instrument in practice. A majority of justice assistants and clients report that the use of the WAMC-I as a tool for joint reflection in community supervision practice has an added value.


Working alliance, social work under judicial mandate, professional tool, joint reflection.