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Your explanation why transference and countertransference are so common when working with children. According to Malawista (2004) when treatment with children is based on the therapist as the ‘‘real and good’’ object, and parents as ‘‘real and bad’’ objects, a therapist/patient countertransference/ transference disposition can emerge in the form of rescue fantasies (p. 374). Transference and countertransference are so common when social workers are working with children because often times the child wishes to be rescued and the therapist wishes to rescue the child (Malawista, 2004, p. 375). Both the needs of the therapist and the child is being met.Then, identify some strategies you might use to address both transference and countertransference in your work with children.

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