Adaptive Institutional Transference in the Treatment of Individuals with Borderline Personality Disorder.
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Graduate School of Professional Psychology
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Institutional transference; Holding environment; Borderline personality disorder
This paper introduces "adaptive institutional transference" (AIT) and describes how it develops in some clients in response to psychotherapist transfer in psychology training clinics. Individuals with borderline personality disorder are especially likely to develop AIT because of difficulties related to abandonment depression. Directors, supervisors, and student psychotherapists in psychology training clinics should be aware of these dynamics because they have important treatment implications, which are described. Limitations and ideas for future exploratory and qualitative research are also discussed .
Bulman, Bridget, "Adaptive Institutional Transference in the Treatment of Individuals with Borderline Personality Disorder." (2010). Doctoral Papers and Masters Projects. 138.