Change in the Change Agents

Growth in the Capacity to Heal
  • Sheila M. Coonerty
Part of the The Springer Series in Social / Clinical Psychology book series (SSSC)


As we focus on the process of change in people, it may be of interest to turn our attention to those whose job it is to be agents of that change. Within the world of psychotherapy, mental health professionals assume this role. The role of therapeutic change agent can be a difficult and demanding one, involving extensive schooling and supervised training in working with patients or clients. The focus of the training is generally on developing the natural interests and beginning skills of would-be therapists into the professional knowledge and expertise necessary to understand human functioning and to help those who suffer as they struggle to change. The training, like the work itself, is arduous and demanding, and the development of the clinician is a complex process.


Training Process Clinical Work Therapeutic Relationship Professional Identity Change Agent 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sheila M. Coonerty
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  1. 1.Department of PsychologyLong Island UniversityForest HillsUSA

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