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2009

Theses, Dissertations, and Projects

Therapeutic alliance

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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 ...


Juvenile Sex Offenders' Therapeutic Alliance : The Intricate Dynamics Of Alliance In Relation To Attachment, Trauma, And Religion, Rian Michelle Bovard-Johns Aug 2009

Juvenile Sex Offenders' Therapeutic Alliance : The Intricate Dynamics Of Alliance In Relation To Attachment, Trauma, And Religion, Rian Michelle Bovard-Johns

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Therapeutic alliance is the most influential predictor of successful treatment with trans-theoretical capacity. Alliance is directly influenced by client variables which are unique to clinical context. Initial research has evidenced the effectiveness of alliance with adult sex offenders and delinquent youth. The present study extends research, incorporating variables unique to juvenile sex offenders in corrections facilities. Predominant client variables of trauma symptoms and attachment patterns are measured for 332 adjudicated male sex offenders' alliance with staff. The results reveal a significant relationship (F =8.7, DF =171, p <.000) between youths' attachment to peers and communication with fathers that positively predicts alliance and that anxiety based on trauma negatively predicts alliance. Implications future research and treatment are provided.


"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

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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 ...


Navigating Into The Ring : Some Of The Many Barriers Keeping Equine Assisted Psychotherapy Practitioners From Connecting With Prospective Clients, Shawn W. Young Aug 2009

Navigating Into The Ring : Some Of The Many Barriers Keeping Equine Assisted Psychotherapy Practitioners From Connecting With Prospective Clients, Shawn W. Young

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This study was undertaken to explore some of the barriers that keep EAP(Equine Assisted Psychotherapist) practitioners from connecting with prospective clients and/or allowing them to make EAP a more viable part of their therapy repertoire. Similar to more traditional therapy, EAP can be used for a wide variety of disorders. A qualitative study was conducted by having qualified participants fill out a questionnaire and collecting their ideas and thoughts about what barriers exist and some ideas of how to overcome said barriers. Supporting questions were also asked, such as the efficacy of EAP with certain populations and how ...


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

Close Encounters Of A Therapeutic Kind, Ashley Pierce Benson

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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 ...