There have been major changes in the duration and the requirements of higher specialist training in psychotherapy in the UK. A postal survey was sent to all higher specialist trainees in psychotherapy to study their attitudes to, and experience of, these changes.
Eighty-nine per cent of trainees responded. The majority of trainees expressed concern about the reduction in length of training. There were gaps in provision of some essential training modalities. A substantial group of trainees did not have protected research time.
Psychotherapy trainees believe the changes in training sacrifice depth for breadth. This highlights the ongoing debate about the future of psychotherapy within the NHS.
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