Themes in therapist development during the first three months of clinical experience

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Abstract

The results of a qualitative research study designed to better understand the developmental processes active in beginning therapists during the first three months of clinical contact is reported. Thirteen beginning therapists were asked to complete a monthly log describing experiences impacting their clinical work and themselves as therapists during their first three months of client contact. Data analysis revealed that the primary developmental theme active during this period of time is the development of therapist confidence. Two additional themes, the development of an internal gauge on which to evaluate current experiences and the development of boundaries around the self as a professional, were also found to be active during this time. These additional themes support the development of therapist confidence. Implications for training and research are identified.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)563-580
Number of pages18
JournalContemporary Family Therapy
Volume19
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1997

Keywords

  • Family therapy training
  • Therapist confidence
  • Therapist experiences

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Cultural Studies
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)

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