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Napoli, M. (1999). The Non-Indian Therapist Working with American Indian Clients: Transference-Countertransference Implications. Psychoanal. Soc. Work, 6(1):25-47.
   

(1999). Psychoanalytic Social Work, 6(1):25-47

The Non-Indian Therapist Working with American Indian Clients: Transference-Countertransference Implications

Maria Napoli, Ph.D.

The lack of success non-Indian therapists have had in working with American Indian clients has perpetuated a repetitive cycle of poor mental health services with this population. Although we cannot change the historic distrust that exists, we can begin to understand cultural differences and how they can impact treatment to obtain positive results. Acknowledgment of these differences can promote trust, a core ingredient that must be established between the client and therapist. This paper offers guidelines to assist the non-Indian therapist in working with the American Indian client.

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