Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Psychotherapy from the Perspective of the Orthodox Jewish Patient
by Augenbaum, Shalom C., Ph.D., Institute for Clinical Social Work (Chicago), 2019, 379; 13895712
Abstract (Summary)

Identifying specific factors that make the psychotherapeutic experience helpful is of great importance. Previous studies exploring this task are usually from the perspective of the therapist. This qualitative study, utilizing Interpretive Phenomenological Analysis (IPA) explores the subjective experiences of four Orthodox Jewish psychotherapy patients as a means of identifying the particular beneficial elements of the therapeutic encounter and the dynamics that inhere the Orthodox Jewish patient’s treatment. Eight in-person interviews reveal eight major findings: the integral role of religion; the beneficial role of the therapy milieu and process; stigma and the need to protect the integrity of the Orthodox Jewish patient; the importance of being viewed as a peer-companion; the value of boundary crossings; the value of being culturally matched; therapist training, theoretical orientation and discipline is not a determinant; there is a qualitative difference to how identified factors benefit the Orthodox Jewish patient vis-à-vis non-Orthodox patients. Findings are interpreted using a self psychological perspective and conclusions and recommendations are offered.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Bloomberg, Karen
Commitee: Tsioles, Denise, Lampe, James, Rizzolo, Gregory, Goldberg, Constance
School: Institute for Clinical Social Work (Chicago)
Department: Clinical Social Work
School Location: United States -- Illinois
Source: DAI-A 82/1(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Social work, Judaic studies
Keywords: Orthodox Judaism, Jewish
Publication Number: 13895712
ISBN: 9798662416291
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