Short-Term Psychotherapy and Graduate Training in Psychology
We present the thesis that the psychology internship and the university-affiliated practicum site offer a special opportunity to train new professionals in brief psychotherapy. The reasons for this include (a) a growing client demand for time-limited treatment and hence psychology's responsibility to prepare professionals in this mode of intervention, (b) a period of residence that can be comfortably tailored to training in short-term psychotherapy, and (c) trainees who are eager to learn a pragmatic form of intervention. Training considerations are outlined and include client selection variables, therapist/trainee considerations, and supervision/teaching. Conclusions are offered and emphasize the agency's and supervisors' need to feel a commitment to train in this modality. Likewise, the program should seek trainees who are eager to learn brief psychotherapy. In order to maximize the opportunity for a successful experience, careful consideration should be given to client selection criteria. © 1986 American Psychological Association.
Schneider, WJ; Pinkerton, RS
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