An overview of the Italian contribution to the international multisite SPRISTAD study on psychotherapy training

  • Irene Messina | irene.messina@unimercatorum.it Italy Area Group of the Society for Psychotherapy Research (SPR-IAG); Department of Economics, Universitas Mercatorum, Rome, Italy.
  • Salvatore Gullo Italy Area Group of the Society for Psychotherapy Research (SPR-IAG); Department of Psychological, Pedagogical, Exercise and Education Sciences, University of Palermo, Italy.
  • Omar Carlo Gioacchino Gelo Italy Area Group of the Society for Psychotherapy Research (SPR-IAG), Italy; Department of Psychological, Pedagogical, Exercise and Education Sciences, University of Palermo, Italy; Department of History, Society and Human Studies, University of Salento, Italy; Department of Psychotherapy Science, Sigmund Freud University, Vienna, Austria.
  • Cecilia Giordano Italy Area Group of the Society for Psychotherapy Research (SPR-IAG); Department of Psychological, Pedagogical, Exercise and Education Sciences, University of Palermo, Italy.
  • Silvia Salcuni Italy Area Group of the Society for Psychotherapy Research (SPR-IAG); Department of Developmental Psychology and Socialization, University of Padua, Italy.

Abstract

The Interest Section on Therapist Training and Development of the Society for Psychotherapy Research (SPRISTAD) has launched a multisite collaborative longitudinal study of psychotherapy trainees’ development, a large-scale study involving a number of countries all over the world. In the present article, we present an overview of the early Italian contribution to the SPRISTAD study, based on preliminary paper-and-pencil data collection. Our preliminary findings showed cross-sectional differences at different years of training and two-years longitudinal changes in trainees’ perceived development. Moreover, trainees’ characteristics such as their motivation, relational manner, current life, and personal background have shown to deserve attention in research on trainees’ development. These findings encourage the continuation of the SPRISTAD online data collection.

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Published
2019-12-19
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Special Section: The role of psychotherapy research in psychotherapy training: mutual influences and relations
Keywords:
SPRISTAD; Italy; Psychotherapy training; Psychotherapy trainees; Therapist development
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How to Cite
Messina, I., Gullo, S., Gelo, O., Giordano, C., & Salcuni, S. (2019). An overview of the Italian contribution to the international multisite SPRISTAD study on psychotherapy training. Research in Psychotherapy: Psychopathology, Process and Outcome, 22(3). https://doi.org/10.4081/ripppo.2019.418