Author

Asya Tsarkova

Publication Date

2015

Document Type

Masters Thesis

Department

School for Social Work

Keywords

Countertransference (Psychology), Play therapy, Psychotherapist and patient, Qualitative research, Countertransference, Play therapist

Abstract

The purpose of this qualitative study was to explore clinicians' experience of countertransference in play therapy. Through semi-structured individual interviews with twelve clinicians, narrative data was collected on the ways in which clinicians experience, process, and utilize countertransference in play therapy. Some of the findings of this study support previous research and theoretical literature on countertransference in the field of child psychotherapy. Additionally, this study's findings introduce the possibility that specific aspects of play therapy have a unique effect on the experience and processing of countertransference in play therapy due to the nature of this therapeutic modality. Implications for social work practice highlight the need for further research, guidelines for play therapy supervision, and approaches to addressing countertransference in play therapy.

Language

English

Comments

ii, 82 pages. Thesis (M.S.W.)--Smith College School for Social Work, 2015. Includes bibliographical references (pages 73-76)

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