Conclusions: A Phase-Specific Model for Psychotherapist Development

Robert H. Klein, Harold S. Bernard and Victor L. Schermer

in On Becoming a Psychotherapist

Published in print December 2010 | ISBN: 9780199736393
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199894574 | DOI:
Conclusions: A Phase-Specific Model for Psychotherapist Development

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This chapter proposes a generic, comprehensive, phase-specific schema or framework that can be used to think about psychotherapist development. To accomplish this task, it attempts to integrate information and insight from four separate sources: (1) specific ideas advanced by the contributing authors; (2) understanding of the available literature in the field; (3) ideas about psychotherapist development; and (4) a view of the current context within which psychotherapists develop and practice their craft. Following this presentation, the remainder of the chapter is devoted to a series of recommendations regarding: (1) the selection of candidates for psychotherapist training; (2) the optimal content for training programs in terms of (a) didactic preparation, and (b) the nature of clinical experiences; (3) therapist self-care; and (4) continued professional growth.

Keywords: psychotherapist development; developmental phase model; candidates; psychotherapist training; psychotherapist self-care; continued professional growth

Chapter.  16001 words. 

Subjects: Clinical Psychology

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