The pathway toward clinical self confidence

Richard J. Bischoff, Marci Barton

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This study was designed to determine the most common pathway toward the development of clinical self-confidence for therapists during the first year of client contact. Telephone interviews were conducted with 39 recent graduates of a master's level marriage and family therapy program. Subjects were asked to graph their development of clinical self-confidence over the first 12 months of their clinical experience. Results reveal a three-stage model of therapist development. The implications for training within each stage of development are identified with an emphasis on the role of the supervisor.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)231-242
Number of pages12
JournalAmerican Journal of Family Therapy
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2002

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology


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