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Masters Thesis


School for Social Work


Psychotherapists-Training of, Emotions-Social aspects, Emotionality, Training


This theoretical study aims to explore emotionality and its particular relationship to students whom are training in psychotherapy. The study will examine emotion as it pertains to understandings of an individual's psychological structuring, the therapeutic process, and therapeutic growth. Emotion will be reviewed through psychodynamic theory and literature on therapeutic practice. In addition, the study will use a feminist lens to explore historical and social treatments of emotionality. Emotions and emotional expression will be considered as it becomes situated within social power heirarchies. Through these understandings and conceptualizations of emotionality, specific attention will be paid to the roles of psychotherapists. Contradictions between theory and practice will be evaluated. A focused look at intersubjectivity will offer as a synthesis as feminist principles relate to psychotherapeutic practice.




iii, 63 p. Thesis (M.S.W.)--Smith College School for Social Work, Northampton, Mass., 2012. Includes bibliographical references (p. 60-63)