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Title: Examining the role and functions of self-development in healthcare therapy trainings: A review of the literature with a modest proposal for the use of learning agreements
Contributor(s): Edwards, Jane  (author)orcid 
Publication Date: 2013-07-04
DOI: 10.1080/13642537.2013.811278
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Abstract: Many healthcare trainings with a psychodynamic orientation encourage or require students to commit to a process of personal development, such as provided through attending individual psychotherapy and/or an experiential ‘as if therapy’ group. This paper reviews recent literature about training in psychodynamically oriented practices within counselling psychotherapy, psychiatry, the creative arts therapies and clinical psychology. The results indicate that the mandatory personal development dimension of therapy training needs urgent reassessment. Results of studies consistently call for further research about the direct benefits of personal development on students’ development of skills for therapy practice. There is minimal evidence to indicate what self-development through individual psychotherapy can specifically deliver in terms of eventual professional competence. To address some aspects of the current lacuna, this paper summarises the recommendations for training programmes available from the current research, and makes a modest proposal for the use of learning agreements, rather than only mandated hurdle requirements, to ensure that the incremental steps by which the student attains expected requirements is negotiated and agreed within regularised, and widely accepted university course procedures.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: European Journal of Psychotherapy and Counselling, 15(3), p. 214-232
Publisher: Routledge
Place of Publication: United Kingdom
ISSN: 1364-2537
Field of Research (FoR) 2008: 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
Field of Research (FoR) 2020: 520303 Counselling psychology
520304 Health psychology
520302 Clinical psychology
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2008: 950101 Music
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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