Clinical Social Work Journal

, Volume 22, Issue 2, pp 179–192

Sight or insight? Child therapy with a blind clinician

  • Barbara A. Ceconi
  • Esther Urdang

DOI: 10.1007/BF02190473

Cite this article as:
Ceconi, B.A. & Urdang, E. Clin Soc Work J (1994) 22: 179. doi:10.1007/BF02190473


The process of a blind second-year social work student's play therapy with sighted children is analyzed and discussed. The ensuing limitations, compensatory issues, and unexpected opportunities are highlighted. The student's experience in becoming blind, her adaptation to it, and discrimination experienced seeking employment are described. Major themes in describing the child therapy focus on compensation for visual cues, utilization of the guide dog as a pet therapist, proxemics and mirroring in relation to blindness, and the impact of the “wounded healer” on clients. The student's work with a 13 year old girl illustrates the major concepts.

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© Human Sciences Press, Inc. 1994

Authors and Affiliations

  • Barbara A. Ceconi
    • 1
  • Esther Urdang
    • 2
  1. 1.Brookline
  2. 2.Boston College Graduate School of Social WorkChestnut Hill

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