Training and supervision

The objectives of training in psychotherapy are primarily to do with increasing knowledge and understanding of the issues that arise during psychotherapeutic treatment, many of which have been referred to above/2!) It is essential for this to be underpinned by a sound knowledge of child development, but less important for therapy to be founded in any particular psychodynamic theory. The key training method in psychotherapy is the conduct of therapy under supervision. Choosing a supervisor and the role of that supervisor are critically important issues for the trainee therapist, since the relationship between supervisor and trainee mirrors that of the therapist and client even if there is a clear understanding that the purpose of the supervision is not intended to be therapeutic. Most therapists find that supervision continues to be helpful even after they are 'trained'.

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