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This study explored the relationship between therapists’ personal therapy and their countertransference management and awareness. Participants consisted of fifty-seven interns, postdoctoral interns, and ABD clinicians and their supervisors at APA-accredited internship sites. Supervisees completed a brief experimenter-designed survey inquiring about an impactful personal therapy experience they had, if they had sought therapy after beginning their graduate training. This survey included an open-ended question regarding the impact of personal therapy on their clinical practice. Supervisors rated their supervisees using the Countertransference Factors Inventory (CFI), a 21-item questionnaire using a Likert-scale to measure aspects of countertransference management, including self-insight.
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  See discussions, stats, and author profiles for this publication at: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/265565745 COUNTERTRANSFERENCE AWARENESS ANDTHERAPISTS' USE OF PERSONAL THERAPY  Article CITATIONS 2 READS 30 1 author: Linda DuthiersSt. Augustine'S University 1   PUBLICATION   2   CITATIONS   SEE PROFILE All content following this page was uploaded by Linda Duthiers on 19 May 2015. The user has requested enhancement of the downloaded file. All in-text references underlined in blue are added to the srcinal documentand are linked to publications on ResearchGate, letting you access and read them immediately.   COUNTERTRANSFERENCE AWARENESS AND THERAPISTS’ USE OF PERSONAL THERAPY Linda Julie Duthiers A Dissertation Submitted to the Graduate Faculty of Auburn University in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy Auburn, Alabama August 8, 2005   iii DISSERTATION ABSTRACT COUNTERTRANSFERENCE AWARENESS AND THERAPISTS’ USE OF PERSONAL THERAPY Linda Julie Duthiers Doctor of Philosophy, August 8, 2005 (B.S. University of Florida, 1996) 111 Typed Pages Directed by Becky J. Liddle This study explored the relationship between therapists’ personal therapy and their countertransference management and awareness. Participants consisted of fifty-seven interns, postdoctoral interns, and ABD clinicians and their supervisors at APA-accredited internship sites. Supervisees completed a brief experimenter-designed survey inquiring about an impactful personal therapy experience they had, if they had sought therapy after beginning their graduate training. This survey included an open-ended question regarding the impact of personal therapy on their clinical practice. Supervisors rated their supervisees using the Countertransference Factors Inventory (CFI), a 21-item questionnaire using a Likert-scale to measure aspects of countertransference management, including self-insight.   iv Data analysis focused on the hypotheses that having experienced personal therapy would be correlated to both higher CFI scores and self-insight subscale scores. It was also hypothesized that longer therapy would correlate positively to higher scores on the CFI and the self-insight subscale in particular. Having experienced personal therapy since beginning graduate training was not found to be related to any aspect of countertransference management as measured by the CFI, nor was the length of the therapy. Additional exploratory analyses also did not reveal any significant relationships. Findings from the open-ended question revealed that therapists’ perception of the influence of their personal therapy on their clinical work were almost uniformly positive. Several themes emerged, including increased self-awareness, greater empathy, and heightened awareness and appreciation of transference and countertransference processes. With exception of the open-ended responses, which are consistent with existing literature on therapists’ perceptions of their personal therapy, the findings in this study are divergent from previous empirical investigations in the areas of countertransference and personal therapy.
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