What is problem actuation?

Grosse Holtforth, Martin (2017). What is problem actuation? Psychotherapeut, 62(2), pp. 77-82. Springer-Medizin-Verlag 10.1007/s00278-017-0176-x

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Problem actuation is a change factor in all forms of psychological therapy. By actuation of the problem that motivated a patient to undergo therapy, the problems are made accessible to therapeutic processing. Areas that do not satisfy the fundamental psychological needs (incongruence) are perceived by patients as problems. Problem actuation should be implemented on the foundation of a good therapeutic relationship and simultaneous resource activation. Problem actuation may happen unintentionally during the therapeutic process or may be initiated deliberately by the therapist. Therapists have a multitude of options for targeted problem actuation: examples are exposure to fear-provoking situations and places, the inclusion of partners or family members in conflictual relationships, the actuation of problematic emotions in chairwork, tackling problematic behavior patterns towards the therapist or staging problematic relationships in dancing. Patients can be prepared for problem actuation by tailoring the relationship offer as well as by building or activating personal resources.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Further Contribution)

Division/Institute:

04 Faculty of Medicine > Department of Head Organs and Neurology (DKNS) > Clinic of Neurology > Centre of Competence for Psychosomatic Medicine
07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Psychology > Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy
07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Psychology

UniBE Contributor:

grosse Holtforth, Martin

Subjects:

600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health
100 Philosophy > 150 Psychology

ISSN:

0935-6185

Publisher:

Springer-Medizin-Verlag

Language:

German

Submitter:

Salome Irina Rahel Bötschi

Date Deposited:

08 Nov 2017 11:16

Last Modified:

20 Feb 2018 16:41

Publisher DOI:

10.1007/s00278-017-0176-x

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.101292

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/101292

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