Social work students' experience and management of counter transference

Adrian Van Breda, Terry Feller

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Counter transference - The emotional reactions that clients trigger in practitioners - can, if not understood or managed result in unethical conduct and harm to clients, practitioners and the profession. A solid understanding of counter transference theory, insight into one's own counter transference reactions, and skills in managing counter transference appropriately are vital components of ethical and effective social work practice. This paper reports on a small qualitative study among undergraduate social work students. Results reveal that counter transference is indeed experienced by students, but poorly understood and sometimes inappropriately managed. Recommendations for social work education, field instruction and supervision are provided.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)469-484
Number of pages16
JournalSocial Work/Maatskaplike Werk
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science


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