Introducing the QACP: development and preliminary validation of an instrument to measure psychotherapist’s core competencies

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The movement towards the conceptualization, description and evaluation of psychotherapists’ competencies has been widely developed in the last years and has relevant implications for psychotherapy, training, and continuous education. In Italy, this movement has been supported by the Committee for Psychotherapists’ Competencies established in 2010 by FIAP (Italian Federation of Psychotherapy’s Associations) and CNSP (National Association of Psychotherapy’s Training Institutes) and has involved more than 1000 psychotherapists from different approaches, by means of conferences, expert meetings, workshops, and focus groups. One of the outcomes of this process has been the development of a new self-assessment tool for core competencies (i.e., those that are shared by therapists from all modalities): the QACP (Questionario per l’Autovalutazione delle Competenze dello Psicoterapeuta). The present study aims to present the process of development and the preliminary proofs of the validity of this tool. Construct and knowngroup validity of the questionnaire were examined, and reliability was estimated by computing the internal consistency reliability coefficients for both the overall and the subscale scores. Overall, the instrument showed satisfactory psychometric characteristics. The limitations of the study and the results are discussed and directions for further research are proposed.



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Settanni, M., Bronzini, M. ., Carzedda, G. ., Godino, G. ., Manca, M. L. ., Martini, L. ., Provvedi, G. ., Quilghini, F., Zucconi, A. ., & Francesetti, G. (2022). Introducing the QACP: development and preliminary validation of an instrument to measure psychotherapist’s core competencies. Research in Psychotherapy: Psychopathology, Process and Outcome, 25(2).