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Psychotherapy Research: Implications for Optimal Therapist Personality, Training, and Development

Shannon Wiltsey Stirman and Paul Crits-Christoph

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/9780199736393.003.0011
Psychotherapy Research: Implications for Optimal Therapist Personality, Training, and Development

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This chapter discusses the literature on the impact of particular psychotherapist characteristics and behaviors on clinical outcomes. It considers research on the impact of therapist personality on psychotherapy, the literature on matching clinician and client characteristics, and traits of effective psychotherapists. In addition, the chapter reviews research on psychotherapy process variables and discusses the implications of research on common and specific psychotherapy factors for training in psychotherapy. Finally, the chapter discusses review studies on training and supervision of psychotherapists and consider their implications for the development of psychotherapists at various stages of their careers. The chapter concludes by providing recommendations for therapist training and development based on our review of the literature.

Keywords: psychotherapist characteristics; psychotherapy process; psychotherapy outcome; training

Chapter.  11071 words. 

Subjects: Clinical Psychology

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