We conducted this survey to assess the current experience of psychotherapy training in the Northern Deanery and discuss possible effects changes might have on the future of this training. A postal questionnaire assessed the training experienced by the 41 trainees on the Northern Region Senior Unified Senior House Officer (SHO) Psychiatry Training Scheme in 2004. The results were compared with the guidelines from the Royal College of Psychiatrists.
The response rate was 61%. Particular areas of strength included conducting a long case (64%) and obtaining sufficient teaching in psychodynamic and cognitive–behavioural therapy theory (88%); 92% rated their experience of the training as satisfactory or better, and 68% intended pursuing further training in psychotherapy.
Trainees ought to be familiar with the psychotherapy guidelines from an early point in their training. Specific areas of difficulty within the scheme need to be addressed. Proposed changes to specialist training are likely to have an impact on the psychotherapy training experience.
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