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Cognitive–behavioural therapy: a survey of the training, practice and views of Scottish consultant psychiatrists

  • Peter David Le Fevre and Rainer Goldbeck (a1)
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Aims and Method

A postal survey of all consultant psychiatrists employed by the NHS in Scotland was performed with the aim of determining the numbers and characteristics of consultant psychiatrists who have received training in cognitive–behavioural therapy (CBT). Additional aims were to ascertain the current practice of CBT, along with general attitudes towards practice and training issues.

Results

Nine per cent of consultant psychiatrists had received formal training in CBT. An additional 20% had received informal tuition with supervision of cases. For consultants appointed within the previous five years, 48% had received the recommended amount of supervised experience. In practice, consultants were unable to devote significant amounts of time to formal CBT but were actively using CBT techniques and supported the availability of training opportunities.

Clinical Implications

The survey suggests that the current Royal College of Psychiatrists' guidelines do not appear to have been fully implemented for the area surveyed. Further debate is needed to ascertain the exact form that training in CBT should take.

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Cognitive–behavioural therapy: a survey of the training, practice and views of Scottish consultant psychiatrists

  • Peter David Le Fevre and Rainer Goldbeck (a1)
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