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ERIC Number: EJ856979
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 19
ISSN: ISSN-8756-8225
The Interns Play: A Mimetic Approach to Introducing and Working with Countertransference in Professional Training
DiMino, John L.
Journal of College Student Psychotherapy, v23 n3 p184-195 2009
An approach is presented that introduces the concept of countertransference to predoctoral interns and externs in a unique way during their professional training. This approach goes beyond a didactic presentation of the concept and even beyond discussion of case material in supervision. Through an experiential role-play process called Mimesis, trainees are encouraged to enact scenes from literature that depict typical dilemmas that psychotherapists working in a psychodynamic framework must face. By using carefully chosen stories, supervisors can highlight aspects of the therapeutic process such as managing countertransference feelings. This approach fosters a more flexible and open inquiry into one of the most daunting aspects of professional development for both trainees and supervisors.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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