The impact of training on therapists’ use of interventions

Jennifer Diamond*, Zoran Martinovich

*Corresponding author for this work

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This study examined the relationship between 6 months of a psy chodynamic psychotherapy training experience and therapist- reported behavioral/directive, psychodynamic/past-focused, and affective interventions over the course of therapy at a psychoanalyt ically oriented training institute. By including training experience and treatment phase as within therapist factors, phase-specific interven tion differences (early versus late in therapy) were separated from the effects of a psychodynamic psychotherapy training experience. As therapists became more experienced, they relied less on affective interventions very early in therapy, and were more inclined to use affective interventions later. Relatively inexperienced therapists were more inclined toward consistency in the use of interventions across sessions. A nearly significant trend suggested that as therapists be came more experienced, their use of psychodynamic/past-focused interventions was more phase-contingent, occurring more often later in therapy. The authors suggest that future investigations consider the session-contingency of interventions as a potentially causal outcome variable.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)239-247
Number of pages9
JournalPsychotherapy Research
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jan 1 1997

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology


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