An exploratory investigation of psychologists' responses to a method for considering "objective" countertransference
Cartwright, Claire and Read, J. 2011. An exploratory investigation of psychologists' responses to a method for considering "objective" countertransference. New Zealand Journal of Psychology. 40 (1), pp. 46-54.
|Cartwright, Claire and Read, J.
Countertransference can be viewed as having both objective and subjective components. This paper presents a five-step method developed in New Zealand and designed to facilitate therapeutic understanding and management of countertransference. It also reports on an exploratory investigation of the impact of a two-day course designed to teach the method to psychologists. Twenty-eight psychologists completed pre-and post-course questionnaires that examined changes in their responses to brief clinical scenarios. An analysis of the qualitative data demonstrated a shift in understanding of countertransference post-course. Prior to the course, psychologists emphasized mainly subjective or personal issues. Post-course, the analyses of countertransference were more complex and tended to account for personal countertransference and also the interpersonal processes between therapist and client. This suggests that the method may be useful for psychologists when refecting upon their responses to clients. © This material is copyright to the New Zealand Psychological Society.
|New Zealand Journal of Psychology
|40 (1), pp. 46-54
|New Zealand Psychological Society
|Publication process dates
|28 Feb 2018
|© 2011 New Zealand Psychological Society
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