Novice psychotherapists’ development in professional characteristics and work involvement styles in training
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Information about how psychotherapists develop their professional characteristics and work involvement styles during training is scant; in addition, awareness of the need to find answers to how psychotherapy training can best be organized is increasing. This study investigated novice therapists’ development of healing and stressful work involvement in baseline psychotherapy education in Sweden. Undergraduate students (n = 76) provided information longitudinally by responding to the Development of Psychotherapists Common Core Questionnaire (DPCCQ). The results demonstrated that therapists’ healing and stressful work involvement, current therapeutic skills, perceived difficulties, and constructive coping strategies changed positively and linearly. Technical expertise changed the most, having a large effect, and relational skills developed moderately. Surprisingly, in-session feelings of anxiety and boredom did not change. The process of positive and linear development of in-session feelings is important in psychotherapy education. The question becomes how the training should address trainees’ personal issues or countertransference that might affect in-session feelings.
therapist characteristics, DPCCQ, novice, trainee, psychotherapy training
Research subject Psychology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-58978OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-58978DiVA: diva2:550469
ProjectsEffects of Student Therapies (EUT) at Umeå University