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2009

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Psychotherapist and patient

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Family Therapists' Responses To Monopolizing, Blaming, Critical And Unempathic Behavior In Parents, Andrew David Sussman Sep 2009

Family Therapists' Responses To Monopolizing, Blaming, Critical And Unempathic Behavior In Parents, Andrew David Sussman

Theses, Dissertations, and Projects

This research was designed to address the question: "How do family therapists respond to monopolizing, blaming, critical and unempathic behavior from parents in family therapy. I was interested to see if they viewed the presentation as resistance, narcissism, or was it attributed to something else? I was also interested in the therapist's background, theoretical framework, training, and how they viewed family interventions. I hypothesized that family therapists would respond to monopolizing, blaming, critical and unempathic behavior in parents in a way that was influenced more by clinical practice experience than theoretical orientation. The instrument was a survey with closed ...


What Are The Mental Health Seeking Behaviors Of Female Sex Workers?, Serena Wong Sep 2009

What Are The Mental Health Seeking Behaviors Of Female Sex Workers?, Serena Wong

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This study asked the following question: What are the mental health help seeking behaviors of female sex workers? The study examined: (1) the mental health help seeking behaviors of female sex workers; (2) sex workers perception of the efficacy of talking to professionals (counselors, psychologists, social workers) and non-professionals about emotional issues and; (3) experiences and feelings related to the disclosure of their sex work status to their therapist. Fifty-eight women who were currently sex workers or had worked within the last year responded to a mixed methods survey questionnaire. The survey covered a range of issues in regards to ...


Boundary Constructions In Treatment Relationships Between Service Providers And Homeless Youth, Allison May Terbieten Aug 2009

Boundary Constructions In Treatment Relationships Between Service Providers And Homeless Youth, Allison May Terbieten

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This research will explore the experiences of 33 service providers working with homeless youth. Specifically, the research will examine the boundaries constructed by the service providers in their treatment relationships with homeless youth. Homeless youth are a unique group of people. They face a combination of obstacles in front of them at a time of life that is challenging and often after years of abuse, neglect, or family chaos. Service providers who work with these youth are asked to play many roles in the youths' lives such as teacher, counselor, parental surrogate, coach, disciplinarian, etc. The aim of this research ...


Transgender Individuals' Experiences In Therapy And Perception Of The Treatment Experience, Jeannette Marie. Sheerin Aug 2009

Transgender Individuals' Experiences In Therapy And Perception Of The Treatment Experience, Jeannette Marie. Sheerin

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This study was undertaken in order to examine transgender individuals' experiences in therapy and the impact that clinicians' affirmative behaviors and their heteronormative and gender normative biases may have on the treatment experience. Despite an extensive history in the mental health field of pathologizing alternative gender identities and the well-researched detrimental impact that experiences of discrimination have on one's mental health, there has been no research on experiences of bias and discrimination in mental health treatment settings. Similarly, there has been a great deal of research on the role of affirmative therapy techniques relating to gay, lesbian, and bisexual ...


Standards Of Care : Transgender/Genderqueer Clients' Experiences With Mental Health Workers, Hunter Greenwood Swanson Aug 2009

Standards Of Care : Transgender/Genderqueer Clients' Experiences With Mental Health Workers, Hunter Greenwood Swanson

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This qualitative, exploratory study sought to explore the experiences of transgender and genderqueer clients with the mental health system. Its purpose is to introduce the voices of the clients themselves into a body of literature that is currently largely dominated by professionals outside the trans community. Twelve people who self-identify as trans or genderqueer were recruited through postings on mailing lists and in queer-friendly spaces in Massachusetts and agreed to participate in hour-long interviews detailing their experiences in therapy as well as their feelings about their gender identities. Questions addressed quality of care received, length of time spent in therapy ...


Do You See What I See? : Making The Invisible Visible Through An Exploration Of The Intersubjective Experience Of Social Work Clinicians Working With Fat Clients, Lauren Polly Hanson Aug 2009

Do You See What I See? : Making The Invisible Visible Through An Exploration Of The Intersubjective Experience Of Social Work Clinicians Working With Fat Clients, Lauren Polly Hanson

Theses, Dissertations, and Projects

This qualitative study was designed with flexible research methods to explore experiences of clinical social workers in sitting with and developing relationships with fat clients. Using an intersubjective theoretical lens, this research investigates clinicians' countertransference or beliefs about fatness in the relationship building process with fat clients. An analysis of the literature revealed multiple meanings for fat, complex dynamics in therapeutic relationships and potential parallels between some racial oppressions and fat oppression using the concept of visible difference. This exploratory study presents findings based on nine semi-structured interviews with clinical social workers who see fat clients. Participants were asked about ...


Religion, Spirituality And Clinical Practice : An Exploration Of Practical Applications, Julia E. Gallichio Aug 2009

Religion, Spirituality And Clinical Practice : An Exploration Of Practical Applications, Julia E. Gallichio

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The purpose of this study was to elicit clinicians' perspectives and practices with religion and spirituality in clinical practice. Recent social work researchers note the roots of social work in spirituality and believe it can reinvigorate social work practice. Four focus groups were conducted in three different geographical locations with clinicians who included social workers, psychologists, and psychiatrists. It was found that the clinicians believed that including spirituality in practice benefits the client either in secular or sectarian ways. The application of spiritual practices varied widely. The majority of participants in this study reported the use of mindfulness and meditation ...


"There Is Something You Should Know" : The Reasons Therapists Disclose Their Chronic Physical Illness To Clients And The Therapeutic Implications Of Self Disclosure, Caitlin Mara Cotter Aug 2009

"There Is Something You Should Know" : The Reasons Therapists Disclose Their Chronic Physical Illness To Clients And The Therapeutic Implications Of Self Disclosure, Caitlin Mara Cotter

Theses, Dissertations, and Projects

This study sought to ascertain reasons why therapists with a chronic physical illness chose to self disclose information about their illness to their clients, and their perception of the effects those disclosures had on the therapeutic relationship. This qualitative, exploratory study aimed to expand the body of knowledge on self disclosures of this nature, which is limited and written largely from a psychoanalytical perspective. Licensed psychotherapists diagnosed with a chronic physical illness in adulthood, who had self disclosed their illness to at least one client, were recruited from the Boston metropolitan area to participate in a single, in-person interview. Ten ...


Psychotherapist And Intuitive Healer's Cultivation Of Self Compassion : How Loving The Self Enhances Therapist Intuition And Client Interaction, Julia Elizabeth Barker Aug 2009

Psychotherapist And Intuitive Healer's Cultivation Of Self Compassion : How Loving The Self Enhances Therapist Intuition And Client Interaction, Julia Elizabeth Barker

Theses, Dissertations, and Projects

This qualitative, flexible study explored how traditional psychotherapists and alternative intuitive healers relate to themselves and how this impacts interactions with clients. This study aimed to: (a) expand a limited body of research on the means and effects of cultivating self-compassion, (b) explore the differences between how psychotherapists and intuitive healers relate to themselves through the lens of self-compassion, (c) explore how relating to oneself impacts intuitive abilities, and (d) explore the notion that self-compassion not only enhances personal well-being, but also enhances the well-being of others, specifically in therapeutic settings. Thirteen total participants were interviewed, which included seven licensed ...


Close Encounters Of A Therapeutic Kind, Ashley Pierce Benson Aug 2009

Close Encounters Of A Therapeutic Kind, Ashley Pierce Benson

Theses, Dissertations, and Projects

This study was designed to determine how clinical outpatient social workers deal with accidental encounters with their clients outside of the therapeutic setting. The study also addressed whether or not clinicians felt that extratherapeutic encounters affect the therapeutic alliance. Twelve clinical outpatient social workers were interviewed in a qualitative study. This research was an attempt to examine how clinical outpatient social workers handle extratherapeutic encounters and their experiences when dealing with such an encounter. The study is also focused on how clinical social workers prepare clients, if at all, for the fact that they very well may run into clients ...


What's The Skinny On Fat Women In Psychotherapy : Mental Health Clinicians' Countertransference With Women Of Size, Maisha Najuma Aza Aug 2009

What's The Skinny On Fat Women In Psychotherapy : Mental Health Clinicians' Countertransference With Women Of Size, Maisha Najuma Aza

Theses, Dissertations, and Projects

This qualitative study was conducted to explore mental health clinicians' possible countertransference with clients who are women of size. This study intends to contribute to the growing clinical literature on size bias in psychotherapy by focusing on clinicians' countertransference in depth. Twelve clinicians participated in this study, from various mental health backgrounds and degrees from licensed clinical social workers to clinical psychologists. The data in this study suggests that clinicians experience intense, and often negative, countertransference with their clients who are women of size. Some clinicians were aware of their fat bias and prejudice out in the world, yet were ...