Working with children in any setting is going to bring with it the need to consider carefully the child’s cultural background and other possible areas of difference. This may give valuable insight not only into the child’s world but also into how the child may be experiencing the counsellor, the setting and the offer of help. There will in many cases be important differences between the culture of the home, whether in terms of ethnicity, class or other dimensions, that are of great relevance to how the child sees the adults with whom he is dealing. This is different from the transference, in that it is not in a simple sense the projection of elements of the child’s personal inner world of fantasy, but relates more to the real differences that the child perceives. The meaning of these will have conscious as well as unconscious dimensions.
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