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Integrative therapists' development: Two case studies

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Year of publication 2015
Type Appeared in Conference without Proceedings
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Faculty of Social Studies

Description Aggregation of psychotherapy process and outcome data has been challenged as potentially ignoring the specific effects of therapists on outcome. The focus on individual change trajectories has been proposed. Therapist development research may draw from this turnaround by focusing on individual developmental trajectories. The authors used a multiple-case study design to analyse the Personal Therapeutic Approach (PTA) development in beginning integrative therapists. As the core aspect of the PTA, the development of case formulation skills was studied. Two trainees provided a series of in-depth interviews, as well as written case formulations. The data was analysed using qualitative methods. Case summaries and a cross-analysis of the two sets of data will be presented. Furthermore, the case study approach will be evaluated as a method to study trainees' professional development, which facilitates an assessment of aspects that may be difficult to study in other ways.
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