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Organizational structure and framework.: A case study of Swedish training programs in psychotherapy.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology. Klinisk psykologi. (GUT-projektet)
Department of Education. (GUT-projektet)
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.
2008 (English)In: Organizational and Social Dynamics: An international Journal for the Integration of Psychoanalytic, Systemic and Group Relations Perspectives, ISSN 1474 2780, Vol. 8, no 22, 256-278 p.Article in journal (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.)) Published
Abstract [en]

The aim of the study was to highlight the design and functioning of the organizational framework supporting psychotherapy supervision at psychotherapy training institutions at postgraduate level in Sweden. The study was based on data from course coordinators and supervisors, who are the two main categories of employees involved in these programs. Two questionnaires were constructed (Course Coordinator Questionnaire and Supervisor Questionnaire).

Our results indicated that the organizational framework for different training institutions were fairly similar with regard to the perceived primary task, i.e. supervision goals and its overall framework. However, according to the course coordinators, there were certain differences with regard to the management of role distribution, group composition, information, routines, regularity and accessibility. Also, economic and geographical conditions had a substantial influence on the design and functioning of the framework. The supervisors stressed the importance of explicit organizational frames, clear information and routines for, e.g. evaluation, how to deal with conflicts and failing, and above all the need for a competent and flexible course coordinator. The collected information might be used for further discussion of a functional framework supporting psychotherapy supervision in a training context.

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2008. Vol. 8, no 22, 256-278 p.
Keyword [en]
Supervision, organizational framework, holding environment, psychotherapy training institutions, course co-ordinator, supervisor
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Applied Psychology
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-17035OAI: diva2:183555
Available from: 2009-01-04 Created: 2009-01-04 Last updated: 2011-01-10Bibliographically approved

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