Discussion Question: Transference and Countertransference

Discussion Question: Transference and Countertransference

Discussion Question: Transference and Countertransference

Discussion Question: Transference and Countertransference

Due Saturday, January 16, 2016

At an inpatient residential treatment facility, a depressed client unrelentingly begs the attending consultant for a weekend discharge pass. While begging for the pass, the client states, "You remind me so much of my brother. He was always such an easygoing, kind person. Whatever you decide is fine. I trust my brother so much to make wise decisions. You are so much like him. So I trust you will make the right decision." The consultant finally agrees and allows the patient to be discharged. The consultant is aware that the client has attempted suicide two times in the past. The consultant does not take the time to check with the licensed on-site clinician in charge before signing the weekend discharge slip. Answer the following questions:

1. What issues of transference are displayed by the client? Explain in your own words.

2. Did the consultant act ethically by allowing the client to be discharged? Discuss.

3. Is it possible that countertransference played a part in how the consultant acted? If so,

how?

4. What are the other pitfalls facing consultants in the mental health profession?

5. What ethical guidelines would you follow if you were a consultant in the mental health

profession?

Discussion Question: Transference and Countertransference

Transference takes place when the client transfers or projects his or her feelings and issues to the counselor. In the above case, the client is trying to transfer his feelings towards his brother to the consultant. He is also trying to utilize this transference for his benefit because the way he is trying to convince the counselor that he is just like his brother and can take wise decisions, he wants to influence the counselor’s decision for signing the weekend discharge slip. In transferring the feelings and emotions, the depressed client is expecting that the counselor will help him out just like his brother. The consultant did not act ethically by allowing the client to be discharged. The consultant did not bother to consult with the on-site clinician in charge. The consultant is aware that the client has attempted suicide two times in the past, but still he is taking the risk of allowing him to be discharged on weekends. He is influenced by the transference, and this is most dangerous ethical issue for clients. Under ethical code A.1.a. and b., the therapist has to think about client welfare and give it a priority (2014 ACA Code of Ethics, 2014). The counselor did not consider the overall welfare of the client

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