Developing clinical effectiveness in psychotherapy training: Action research

Van Rijn, Biljana, Sills, Charlotte, Hunt, Jill, Shivanath, Suhith, Gildebrand, Katarina and Fowlie, Heather (2008) Developing clinical effectiveness in psychotherapy training: Action research. Counselling and Psychotherapy Research, 8 (4). pp. 261-268. ISSN 1473-3145


This study is an evaluation of a new approach to clinical training in Transactional Analysis using the methodology of action research. The evaluation focuses on the second year of training and placement-based clinical practice at the Metanoia Institute, UK. The design of the training year was research-based and used the concept of an ‘internship’ year. The design aimed to close the gaps between clinical practice, supervision and formal training; facilitate translation of theory into practice; and integrate findings from the ‘common factors’ research into effectiveness of psychotherapy. Training and supervision methods were linked and focused on emerging issues in clinical practice and the development of students’ capacity for critical reflection and a research attitude to practice. The evaluation was a naturalistic study which used quantitative and qualitative methodology within the action research framework to reflect on the impact of the training on the participants, the organisation and the clinical practice. The quantitative outcomes show that the project developed the effectiveness of students’ clinical practice and reflexivity. Qualitative analysis gives insight into the experiences of the participants and the emotional impact of the research process. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2016 APA, all rights reserved)

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