Stress in Clinical Psychology Trainees: Current Research Status and Future Directions

Pakenham, Kenneth I. and Stafford-Brown, Jeanie (2012) Stress in Clinical Psychology Trainees: Current Research Status and Future Directions. Australian Psychologist, 47 3: 147-155. doi:10.1111/j.1742-9544.2012.00070.x


Author Pakenham, Kenneth I.
Stafford-Brown, Jeanie
Title Stress in Clinical Psychology Trainees: Current Research Status and Future Directions
Journal name Australian Psychologist   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0005-0067
1742-9544
Publication date 2012-09-01
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
DOI 10.1111/j.1742-9544.2012.00070.x
Volume 47
Issue 3
Start page 147
End page 155
Total pages 9
Place of publication West Sussex, United Kingdom
Publisher John Wiley & Sons
Language eng
Abstract The purpose of this article is to present the current status of the literature related to stress in clinical psychology trainees (CPTs), and to offer research directions for investigating stress in this population and ways to enhance self-care in these individuals. The following conclusions emerge from the review: (1) CPTs are vulnerable to elevated stress; (2) undue stress can negatively impact CPTs’ personal and professional functioning and, in turn, result in less than optimal standards of care for clients; (3) there is a dearth of studies on stress in this population and no published intervention studies; (4) incorporating self-care strategies into clinical psychology training is recommended; and (5) “third-wave” cognitive behaviour therapy stress management interventions have been efficacious in comparable populations. In view of the potential costs of elevated stress to trainees themselves and their clients, research on stress and stress management in this population is of a high priority. Broad research agendas are proposed for these two domains. Modifications to clinical training programmes to reduce trainee stress are required and should be evidence-based and systematically revaluated.
Keyword Clinical psychology trainees
Clinical psychology training
Review
Self-care
Stress
Stress management intervention
Mental-Health Professionals
Self-Care
Medical-Students
National Survey
Counseling Psychologists
Cognitive Therapy
Personal Problems
Mindfulness
Psychotherapists
Impairment
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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