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    Do we need to know what we are doing? Discovering our “working model” of psychoanalytic practice using the Comparative Clinical Method

    Spurling, Laurence (2018) Do we need to know what we are doing? Discovering our “working model” of psychoanalytic practice using the Comparative Clinical Method. British Journal of Psychotherapy 34 (4), pp. 569-584. ISSN 1752-0118.

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    Abstract

    There is now an extensive and highly developed literature within psychoanalysis on how best to understand the patients we work with, and their impact on the analyst or therapist, but far less on the mind of the clinician and how he or she thinks while working with the patient. One method for studying this, the Comparative Clinical Method developed by a group of European psychoanalysts, consists of a two step model: after a careful description of the interventions made by the analyst, an attempt is made to construct what is taken to be the analyst’s implicit working model, the internal template which he or she tacitly employs to conduct the analysis. In this paper I describe this model, which I then illustrate by taking a piece of published clinical material to show what an approach based on the Comparative Clinical Method might look like. Finally I make some comments on applying this model to the work of psychoanalytic psychotherapists.

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    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: This is the peer reviewed version of the article, which has been published in final form at the link above. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Comparative Method, Working Model, Theory of Change, Implicit Theory, Clinical Commentary
    School: School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > Psychosocial Studies
    Depositing User: Laurence Spurling
    Date Deposited: 03 Sep 2018 14:28
    Last Modified: 11 Feb 2021 07:15
    URI: https://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/23747

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