Topic3 dq2 response 1 386 Breanna Williams Jack Nathan discusses how the

Topic3 dq2 response 1 386
Breanna Williams
Jack Nathan discusses how the mind operates on both a conscious and unconscious level and the relationship between these two levels (Nathan, 2013). Transference is one topic that Nathan mentions when a client or individual transfers their feelings about a past situation onto the therapist. On the other hand, countertransference is referred to as the therapists’ feelings towards the client in relation to the transference. Nathan uses the example of a client associating the abuse from her father in the past with the social worker to explain transference (Nathan, 2013). When either of these occurs, it can lead to complications in the relationship between the client and the social worker. By upholding ethical and professional behavior, the worker can avoid projecting unnecessary feelings towards the client and remain unbiased and avoid any judgmental views. Another competency that can help to avoid this situation is engagement, which is when a social worker is able to form professional and helpful relationships with the client (Langer & Lietz, 2014). By setting boundaries at the beginning of the session it can help to discourage any transference and countertransference by identifying that each one is not the problem, and they are both working towards a common goal of solving the issue at hand.
Reference
Langer, C. L., & Lietz, C. (2014). Applying theory to generalist social work practice. John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated.
Nathan, J. (2013). Psychodynamic theory: The essential elements. In Davies, M. (Ed.). The blackwell companion to social work (pp. 463-465). John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated.