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Brief therapy prevalence and training: A national survey of psychologists.

Author: Levenson,-Hanna; Davidovitz,-Donna
Author Background: Levenson Inst for Training, San Francisco, CA, US
Date Winter 2000
Type Journal
Journal Title: Psychotherapy:-Theory,-Research,-Practice,-Training
Volume/Pages Vol 37(4): 335-340
Subject Matter Brief-Psychotherapy; *Clinical-Methods-Training; *Graduate-Psychology-Education; *Psychologist-Attitudes; *Psychotherapy-Training, Research
Abstract Psychologists find themselves ill-prepared to meet the increasing demand for briefer and briefer therapies. Members of APA Divisions 12 (Clinical Psychology) and 29 (Psychotherapy) were surveyed (N = 1,250; return rate = 57%) regarding their practice of and training in brief therapy. Results indicate that almost all (89%) of the respondents perform some brief therapy and, on average, spend half their time doing it. With regard to training, however, half of those conducting brief therapy have never taken any brief therapy courses. Additional findings indicate theoretical orientation, gender, region, practice site, and setting are significantly related to the amount of brief therapy delivered. Overall, the amount and helpfulness of brief therapy training are significantly related to one's skill, satisfaction, and positive attitude toward brief therapy. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2000 APA, all rights reserved)(journal abstract)