Title

Adaptive Institutional Transference in the Treatment of Individuals with Borderline Personality Disorder.

Date of Award

6-4-2010

Document Type

Doctoral Capstone

Degree Name

Psy.D.

Department

Graduate School of Professional Psychology

First Advisor

Jennifer Cornish

First Committee Member

Vivian Schaefer

Second Committee Member

Lavita Nadkarni

Keywords

Institutional transference; Holding environment; Borderline personality disorder

Abstract

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 .

Comments

Copyright is held by the author. Permanently suppressed.

Extent

23 pages

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