Expertise in Clinical Psychology. The Effects of University Training and Practical Experience on Expertise in Clinical Psychology

Vollmer, Sabine; Spada, Hans; Caspar, Franz; Burri, Salome (2013). Expertise in Clinical Psychology. The Effects of University Training and Practical Experience on Expertise in Clinical Psychology. Frontiers in psychology, 4 Frontiers Research Foundation 10.3389/fpsyg.2013.00141

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How do university training and subsequent practical experience affect expertise in clinical psychology? To answer this question we developed methods to assess psychological knowledge and the competence to diagnose, construct case conceptualizations, and plan psychotherapeutic treatment: a knowledge test and short case studies in a first study, and a complex, dynamically evolving case study in the second study. In our cross-sectional studies, psychology students, trainees in a certified postgraduate psychotherapist curriculum, and behavior therapists with more than 10 years of experience were tested (100 in total: 20 each of novice, intermediate, and advanced university students, postgraduate trainees, and therapists). Clinical knowledge and competence increased up to the level of trainees but unexpectedly decreased at the level of experienced therapists. We discuss the results against the background of expertise research and the training of clinical psychologists (in Germany). Important factors for the continuing professional development of psychotherapists are proposed.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Psychology > Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy
07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Psychology

UniBE Contributor:

Caspar, Franz and Burri, Salome

Subjects:

100 Philosophy > 150 Psychology
600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health

ISSN:

1664-1078

Publisher:

Frontiers Research Foundation

Language:

English

Submitter:

Adriana Biaggi

Date Deposited:

13 May 2014 09:42

Last Modified:

11 Sep 2015 11:06

Publisher DOI:

10.3389/fpsyg.2013.00141

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.48501

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/48501

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