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Masters Thesis


School for Social Work


A national purposive expert convenience sample of approximately 164 licensed, practicing mental health professionals responded to an anonymous online survey regarding the use of touch and body awareness in their treatment with clients. This study sought to answer the question of the effects of training, whether during the course of study to become a mental health professional or in a specific formalized body-oriented modality, on the attitudes and behavior of clinicians towards their use of touch and body awareness in psychotherapy treatment. The findings showed that training in the use of touch or body awareness does influence positive attitudes toward both. It was also found that training is an indicator of increased use of touch and body awareness by those clinicians surveyed.


Thesis (M.S.W.)--Smith College School for Social Work, Northampton, Mass., 2008. iv, 66 p. Includes bibliographical references (p. 55-59)