Working through countertransference blocks in cultural-competence training

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The encounter with clients from diverse cultural backgrounds may stir in the practitioners intense counter-transferencial reactions, which if unexplored may obstruct the helping relationships and interventions. This article presents and demonstrates a cultural competence training where such countertransference can be worked through. The training applies a combination of narrative analysis that emphasizes the active participation of the listener in the sensemaking process and of the exploration of group processes from a psychoanalytically oriented point of view. Presented are four vignettes that demonstrate different types of countertransference and of the group process.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)136-148
Number of pages13
JournalPsychoanalytic Social Work
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1 Jul 2011


  • Countertransference
  • Cultural competence
  • Immigration
  • Training

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)


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