Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Godparenting Your Clients: Preventing Re-Traumatization of a Client After the Death of a Therapist
by Gillespie, Betty M., M.A., Pacifica Graduate Institute, 2011, 62; 1496169
Abstract (Summary)

The sudden death of a therapist can further traumatize already fragile clients, leaving them feeling abandoned and helpless. The unexpected loss of this unique and close relationship between therapist and client, especially if this has been a long-term relationship, corresponds in some respects to losing a family member or close friend. The purpose of this production thesis is to bring awareness to the impact that a therapist's death can have on a client and also, to stress the importance of a professional will, Emergency Response Team, or “Godparent” assigned to clients to ease the transition, minimize the trauma, and provide continuing care. The methodology used is artistic-creative; a synthesis of theory and research on the topic is combined with the creative portion, four chapters of a novel addressing views from the perspective of a client who has recently lost her longtime therapist.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Mohan, Angela
School: Pacifica Graduate Institute
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 49/06M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Mental health, Counseling Psychology
Publication Number: 1496169
ISBN: 978-1-124-72922-0
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