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Transference and Countertransference Specific skills and knowledge are essential for a social worker working with children. Understanding transference and countertransference is crucial to a healthy therapeutic relationship. Both transference and countertransference can be evident in any client– therapist relationship, but are especially important in working with children because of a common instinct among adults to protect and nurture the young. The projection or relocation of one’s feelings about one person onto another, otherwise known as transference, is a common response by children (Gil, 1991). Countertransference, a practitioner’s own emotional response to a child, is also common. For this Discussion, review the Malawista (2004) article. Post by Day 4 your explanation why transference and countertransference are so common when working with children. Then, identify some strategies you might use to address both transference and countertransference in your work with children. Support your posts with specific references to the Learning Resources. Be sure to provide full APA citations for your references. To complete your Discussion, click on Discussions on the course navigation menu, and select “Week 8 Forum” to begin. This discussion about transference and countertransference being common to child therapy, is that, it is not only common to child therapy, but it is a part of the “unconscious process particularly relevant to psychoanalysis therapy” (Robbins, Chatterjee, & Canda, 2012, p. 176). So, what is transference and countertransference? In the field of social work, a client/social worker relationship is a requirement and/or part of the work environment and in this environment, client/social worker relationship, there is an exchange of emotions, ideas, , compliments, an expression of joy and/or pain, body language and so on, that allows empathy and/or sympathy to occur. However, it is the direction; from the social worker to the client or the client to social worker; in which the emotional exchange is flowing, that determines if the exchange is transference or countertransference. Thus, transference is the emotional flow from client to social worker and counter transference is the emotional flow from social worker to client (Malawista, 2004). This is a normal exchange in any type of relationship, except in the client/social worker relationship, there are some pitfalls that do not contribute to the helping process. One such unwanted outcome, is known as the

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