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.
Helms, Loren D., "The role of emotion in therapists' training : a psychological and social exploration" (2012). Masters Thesis, Smith College, Northampton, MA.