On Becoming a Psychotherapist: The Personal and Professional Journey

Hardcover | January 14, 2011

EditorRobert H. Klein, Harold S. Bernard, Victor L. Schermer

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Psychotherapists have long debated about the personal and educational experiences that best prepare one for success in their profession. Does some precise combination of genetic endowment and training enable one to thrive as a psychotherapist? Are early experiences important? What about thepsychotherapist's own psychotherapy? These are issues of significance not only to mental health professionals but also to those who rely on the quality of their services. On Becoming a Psychotherapist explores how psychotherapists develop as practitioners through both professional training and the training that can only be obtained through personal experience. Drawing on the expertise of acknowledged leaders in the field, each chapter examines a particular set ofpersonal experiences or educational pursuits that impacts psychotherapist development and practice. Among those considered are the relevant life events of psychotherapists that occur both prior to undertaking clinical work and as their careers evolve; the importance of supervision and mentoring; thecontribution of one's personal treatment experiences; the incorporation of research findings into one's therapeutic approach; and the socio-economic and cultural contexts that influence therapist development. Shedding light on how these components are effectively organized and integrated intoprofessional practice, the book addresses current controversies that surround what constitutes the optimal set of experiences and characteristics for the developing psychotherapist. The result is a vital resource for directors of training, clinical supervisors, and psychotherapists interested inunderstanding how and why they have become the clinicians they are today.

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Psychotherapists have long debated about the personal and educational experiences that best prepare one for success in their profession. Does some precise combination of genetic endowment and training enable one to thrive as a psychotherapist? Are early experiences important? What about thepsychotherapist's own psychotherapy? These are...

Robert H. Klein, Ph.D., ABPP, CGP, DLFAGPA, is a Lecturer in the Department of Psychiatry at the Yale School of Medicine, and maintains a private practice in Westport and Milford, Connecticut. Harold S. Bernard, Ph.D., ABPP, CGP, DFAGPA is Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the New York University School of Medicine. Victor...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:352 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:January 14, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199736391

ISBN - 13:9780199736393

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Table of Contents

1. Robert H. Klein, Harold S. Bernard, and Victor L. Schermer: Introduction2. John O'Leary: Growing Up to Be a Good Psychotherapist, or Physician - Know Thyself!3. Robin G. Gayle: The Mentoring Relationship: Co-creating Personal and Professional Growth4. Victor L. Schermer: The Place of Didactic Preparation in the Therapist's Development5. Jerome S. Gans: The Role of Clinical Experience in the Making of Psychotherapist6. Molyn Leszcz: Psychotherapy Supervision and the Development of the Psychotherapist7. Suzanne B. Phillips: Up Close and Personal: A Consideration of the Role of Personal Therapy in the Development of a Psychotherapist8. Cecil A. Rice: The Psychotherapist as "Wounded Healer:" A Modern Expression of an Ancient Tradition9. Debra Theobald McClendon and Gary M. Burlingame: Has the magic of psychotherapy disappeared? Integrating evidence based practice into therapist awareness and development10. Edmund C. Neuhaus: Becoming a Cognitive Behavioral Therapist: Striving to Integrate Professional and Personal Development11. Shannon Wiltsey Stirman and Paul Crits-Christoph: Psychotherapy Research: Implications for Optimal Therapist Personality, Training and DevelopmentRobert H. Klein, Harold S. Bernard, and Victor L. Schermer: Conclusions. A Phase-Specific Model for Psychotherapist Development

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"This volume takes a major step in elucidating who we as psychotherapists are. Reading On Becoming a Psychotherapist stimulates a personal assessment of one's own 'psychotherapist self,' a useful endeavor for students and seasoned clinicians alike. This masterful effort truly adds punch to theprodding for the reader to do a self-assessment." --Bonnie J. Buchele, Ph.D., Training and Supervising Psychoanalyst, Past President and Distinguished Fellow, American Group Psychotherapy Association