Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Integrating depth psychology in adolescent court-mandated treatment facilities: Increasing treatment efficacy and client engagement
by Dusenberry, William, M.A., Pacifica Graduate Institute, 2017, 58; 10258220
Abstract (Summary)

Therapeutic treatment facilities that support adolescents in the criminal justice system in reforming delinquent behaviors are being used across the country as an intervention alternative to more punitive correctional facilities. Cognitive behavioral therapeutic techniques are the current primary treatment method used in such facilities, which has left them void of any depth psychological or psychodynamic modalities. Although cognitive behavioral therapy provides useful tools in supporting a patient’s emotional awareness and affect regulation, it falls short in tending to the whole of an individual’s psychic needs and drives. Using hermeneutic and heuristic methodologies, this thesis focuses on how a combination of depth psychological tools and psychodynamic conceptualizations of the adolescent psyche could increase treatment efficacy and client engagement. Using depth psychological and psychodynamic literature as well as this author’s own professional experience in the field, this thesis examines the benefits of depth psychological methods in adolescent court-mandated treatment facilities.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Miller, Kathee
Commitee: Elliot, Jemma, Jacobson, Gioia
School: Pacifica Graduate Institute
Department: Counseling Psychology
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 56/03M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Mental health, Counseling Psychology, Developmental psychology
Keywords: Adolescents, Court-mandated treatment, Criminal justice, Depth psychology, Psychodynamic, Treatment facilities
Publication Number: 10258220
ISBN: 978-1-369-68222-9
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