chapter  12
17 Pages

Conclusions and Future Directions

ByApril E. Fallon, Virginia Brabender

This conclusion presents some closing thoughts on the key concepts discussed in the preceding chapters of this book. The book argues that therapist's expectancy ushers in a host of important clinical decisions. It discusses the pregnant therapist, parents in non-traditional families, and the expectant father. The book highlights the major patient and therapist reactions that have been described in the literature. It reviews some of the major decisions the expectant therapist must make. The book explores how the shifting physical and psychological events resonate in the treatment situation. It suggests that personal therapy, supervision or a senior colleague who can serve an advisory function can help greatly in enabling the therapist to come to some point of contentment with a revised professional identity and an augmented parental identity. The book discusses some of the intense reactions of adolescent girls in responding to their therapists' pregnancies.