Keywords

identity, life circumstance, socio-demographic factors

Abstract

The purpose of this activity is to have clinicians explore a change in one key element of their identities (e.g., gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity/race) within the unchanged context of their life circumstances (e.g., family-of-origin characteristics, individual personality). This allows clinicians to focus on and process elements from their own histories within the context of a different perspective through an imagined switch in a salient socio-demographic factor. This activity is designed to help clinicians develop greater perspective-taking abilities and improve their awareness of some of the factors that have heavily influenced, and perhaps even defined, their own life experience.

Original Publication Citation

Bean, R. A.,*Hsieh, A. L., & *Clark, A. M. (2014). An exercise in perspective taking: The “What-If Paper.” In R. A. Bean, S. Davis, M. P. Davey (Eds.), Clinical supervision activities for increasing competence and self-awareness. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley and Sons.

Document Type

Book Chapter

Publication Date

2014

Publisher

Wiley and Sons

Language

English

College

Family, Home, and Social Sciences

Department

Family Life

University Standing at Time of Publication

Associate Professor

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