Managing Yourself in The Care of a Person with A Mental Illness



Working in any health context poses significant issues relating to
counter-transference and transference. Dealing with health and mental
health issues of another invariably will provoke with us (and the
patient) emotions. Each situation poses various problems when working
with patients with mental illnesses and as such need to be identified
and managed effectively.

Your assignment task needs to include the following aspects:

1.     Define in relation to mental health care each of the following

a.     Transference

b.     Counter-transference

2.     Provide an example from your own experience of each based in a
healthcare context.

3.     Discuss how a mental health clinician would identify
transference in a patient and counter-transference in themselves.

4.     Discuss how transference and counter-transference could impact
the provision of care.

5.     Discuss how a mental health clinician could address both
transference and counter-transference to ensure a positive outcome for
both patient and clinician.

6.     Provide a summary of how you could manage the examples of
transference and counter-transference you provided in the 2nd aspect
of this assignment

Your assignment should include an introduction, conclusion and
relevant references.

Due Date: Week ten, 2nd May 2021 by midnight

Word Count: 2500 max (excluding references and appendices)

Studies show that individuals suffering from long-term illness do much better, where friends and family maintain a strong social network. In this context, people who have mental illness can have a better life with a strong social bond (SAMHSA, 2013). Mental illness is not only a problem facing an individual, but also friends, family, and the community at large. Caregivers face the biggest challenge in offering services to such individuals. Consequently, individuals who interact with individuals with mental illness are required to develop skills and knowledge that help to manage their activities. It is important for healthcare personnel to know about the illness they are dealing with to anticipate the behaviors and understand the diagnosis. Additionally, it makes one confident in their responsibilities. Fundamentally, one is supposed to look at their health and avoid situations that might be stressful. Engaging in other activities such as workouts and sharing with friends and co-workers helps to relieve the difficulties experienced at work (CPMI, 2011). Considerably, one should be well organized to ensure all duties are covered. Embracing positive behaviors such as keeping diaries that help one to remember meetings and appointments and medication for their patients is a way that can reduce confusion at work. It is also important that caregivers allow the ill persons to be independent by offering guidance on what to do. Suggestively, patients should take up some responsibility in ensuring their wellbeing, rather than being very dependent on the health personnel even for things they can do (Waska, 2012). Patient-centered approaches are the best practice of offering services to people with mental illnesses. Resultantly, the communication between the two parties’ plays an important role in achieving high-quality health. Considering the difficulties faced in the communication process when dealing with this category of patients, listening becomes a critical part of treatment (SAMHSA, 2013). Knowing that one is listening might make them feel better. In line with this, the paper aims to discuss the concepts of transference and counter-transference in the mental health context

  1. Define in relation to mental health care each of the following concepts:

            Psychotherapy has resulted in a broad spectrum of meaning for transference and countertransference (Mann, 2003). Suggestively, the interpretation of the two circumstances is subjected to mistakes and misrepresentations that need to be recognized and managed for effective use of the technical constructs in the treatment of mental illnesses (Hughes & Kerr, 2000).

  1. Transference

            Sigmund Freud developed the concept by taking into account his reactions, while interacting with patients. Transference is a theory that entails the cataleptic transmission of moods and attitudes of an individual or a situation in the past onto a person or situation at the present. Notably, the patient’s participation is unworthy, when they project the previously experienced relationship to the medical practitioner (Laine, 2007). Considering that the relationship is transferred, the individual offering mental health care services is supposed to play a complementary role…

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