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Becoming a Cognitive-Behavioral Therapist: Striving to Integrate Professional and Personal Development

Edmund C. Neuhaus

in On Becoming a Psychotherapist

Published in print December 2010 | ISBN: 9780199736393
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199894574 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199736393.003.0010
Becoming a Cognitive-Behavioral Therapist: Striving to Integrate Professional and Personal Development

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Professional development for CBT therapists has relatively defined paths to attain competency. With a solid conceptual foundation, training is rigorous in its focus on becoming technically proficient in CBT methods that are applied according to evidence-based principles and protocols. While a good therapeutic relationship is a necessary component for good outcomes, there is tension in the field about how to train therapists to form and maintain productive therapeutic relationships. Some argue that too much emphasis is on adherence to methods and not enough on the nuances of real world practice. One key factor is the therapist as a person whose active participation in the therapeutic relationship can enhance or obstruct effective treatment. This chapter represents a value system supporting training program standards to integrate professional development with personal development. The result: CBT therapists will be better prepared to work in the context of complex interpersonal relationships with their patients.

Keywords: clinical training; therapeutic relationship; cognitive behavior therapy; professional development; supervision

Chapter.  13838 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Clinical Psychology

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