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What is it about dynamic psychotherapy?

  • Sarah E. Dracass (a1), Taryn Tracey (a2) and Kamaldeep Bhui (a3)
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The new Modernising Medical Careers agenda in the UK raises concerns about maintaining the standard of psychotherapy training (Mizen, 2007). In 1993 the Royal College of Psychiatrists made psychotherapy a mandatory rather than recommended work experience and there is now a competency portfolio outlining requirements for trainees. However, startling data have been revealed recently, showing that 91% of senior house officers did not meet the requirements of the Member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists (MRCPsych) exam regarding psychotherapy training and 23% were not even aware of them (Agarwal et al, 2007). the quality and variability of psychotherapy experience in training have been surveyed in several papers (Podlesjka & Stern 2003; Carley & Mitchison 2006; Pretorius & Goldbeck 2006), and some solutions to practical problems with its provision have been proposed, for example, consultation from a consultant psychotherapist, utilising feedback from trainees, and focusing on practicalities and logistics at a local level (Wildgoose et al, 2002; Mitchison 2007). However, little has been said about trainees' own experiences of undertaking supervised practice in psychodynamic psychotherapy. This paper discusses trainees' outlook on psychotherapy training schemes.

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What is it about dynamic psychotherapy?

  • Sarah E. Dracass (a1), Taryn Tracey (a2) and Kamaldeep Bhui (a3)
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