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August 1966

Transference and Countertransference in Community Psychiatry

Author Affiliations

From the Division of Child Psychiatry, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1966;15(2):165-172. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1966.01730140053009

COMMUNITY psychiatry in recent years has engaged more psychiatrists as full and part-time practitioners. There is now a number of well-developed training programs in community psychiatry throughout the country.1,2 Psychiatrists are involved with the community at various levels, either as consultants to community agencies, involved with the mental health problems of the particular population the agencies serve, or as members of planning and action bodies. In the last instance they are concerned with more global problems of delinquency, school dropouts, learning problems, mental health facilities, emotional problems of children which interfere with learning, poverty programs, urban renewal, problems of the aged, etc. These are problems which concern the larger population groups of the community or state. Community psychiatrists bring to their work certain skills and theoretical knowledge based on their particular training and experience.

The training programs throughout the country in community psychiatry are adding to

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