Self‐concept of relational skills in psychotherapy trainees: A pilot study

Salvatore Gullo, Salvatore Gullo, Kathrin Mörtl, Omar C. G. Gelo, Jutta Fiegl, Elitsa Tilkidzhieva, Jutta Fiegl, Jutta Fiegl, David E. Orlinsky

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Background: Personal characteristics and relational skills represent central aspectsof the psychotherapist's work, and yet, little is still known about them in the contextof psychotherapy training.Objective: This paper presents a preliminary exploration of the self-conceptsof relationalskills in psychotherapy trainees. Changes in the self-conceptin N = 131 psychotherapytrainees were explored through analysis of self-imageideal-selfand self/ideal-selfdiscrepancy in two stages (beginning vs. advanced).Method: Data were collected with a modified version of the self-ratedinstrumentsTrainee Background Information Form and Trainee Current Practice Report (Orlinskyet al., 2015), and analysed with analyses of covariances for each dependent variable.Results: Expected differences in the self-imageof beginning versus advanced traineeswere not detected. However, differences in trainees’ ideal-selfand in self/ideal-selfdiscrepancy were found. Some gender and age differences were also detected.Conclusions: The results suggest possible changes in the self-conceptof relationalskills, indicative of self-developmentprocesses such as discovering a realistic senseof self and self-boundaries,managing intensive emotional interactions and developingregulatory interpersonal mechanisms. An in-depthand more refined future explorationof various aspects of the self-conceptin the context of psychotherapy trainingis needed to help understand the complex processes of forming an integrated self ofpsychotherapists.
Lingua originaleEnglish
Numero di pagine10
RivistaCounselling and Psychotherapy Research
Stato di pubblicazionePublished - 2019

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