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Faber, L.J. Prout, T.A. (2015). Cry, Baby, Cry. J. Infant Child Adolesc. Psychother., 14(4):455-467.

(2015). Journal of Infant, Child & Adolescent Psychotherapy, 14(4):455-467

Cry, Baby, Cry

Leore J. Faber, M.S. and Tracy A. Prout, Ph.D.

This paper examines the construct of countertransference and its role in the treatment of a traumatized child, with emphasis on the perspective of a psychology trainee. A review of the countertransference literature is provided and then multiple aspects of the phenomenon are explored within the context of psychotherapy with one 11-year-old boy who was a victim of trauma. The relevance of three specific countertransference roles—rescuer, abuser, and victim—is depicted through an in-depth account of psychotherapy sessions with the child. The paper emphasizes the underlying challenges associated with taking on these three countertransference roles as a nascent and curious trainee.

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