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date: 14 November 2019

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This chapter provides a framework for understanding social class and psychotherapy process that is informed by the empirical and theoretical literature to date. We define social class along a financial continuum, specifically, the extent to which a person has financial resources to access basic human rights (as defined by the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights) and pursue a healthy quality of life. We offer a framework to review and organize the literature on social class and psychotherapy process that includes the following primary factors: (1) therapist contributions, (2) client contributions, (3) dyadic contributions, and (4) systemic contributions. Education and training implications are provided.

Keywords: psychotherapy process, social class, therapist contributions, client contributions, client attributes, obstacles, dyadic contributions, systemic contributions, education, training

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