Clinical Social Work Journal

, Volume 15, Issue 1, pp 43–55 | Cite as

The dream: Mechanisms and clinical applications

  • Randolph L. Lucente


The clinician's use of client dream reports to promote self-discovery and foster a therapeutic alliance is examined in the context of borderline personality psychodynamics. The mechanisms and operations central to understanding dream processes are explained, using both Freudian and information processing models. This paper's thesis is that the effective, differential use of dream material hinges on the assessment of the client's ego functioning in the object relations sphere and relative to level of cognitive development.


Information Processing Clinical Application Cognitive Development Therapeutic Alliance Object Relation 
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  • Randolph L. Lucente
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  1. 1.School of Social WorkLoyola University of ChicagoChicago

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