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Countertransference and Related Experiences of Psychologists Serving Suicidal Patients

Implications for Training and Supervision

by Perry A. Staltaro

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Institution: California School of Professional Psychology
Advisor(s): Thomas Schaffer
Degree: Psy.D.
Year: 2001
Volume: 648 pages
ISBN-10: 1599423006
ISBN-13: 9781599423005


This study examined countertransference and other experiences of therapists serving suicidal patients. A survey was constructed to assess for aversion, narcissistic injury and similar iatrogenic constructs. Participants offered both Likert scale responses and spontaneous unstructured comments. Likert data were analyzed quantitatively. Content and phenomenological analyses were applied to the comments. The findings suggest that a substantial number of therapists treating suicidal patients experience negative countertransferences. The implications for training, treatment and supervision are discussed.