Academic Psychiatry

, Volume 24, Issue 3, pp 147–155 | Cite as

The Necessity of Continuing Education for Psychotherapy Supervisors

  • Helen Riess
  • Anne K. Fishel
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Over the past decade, the practice of neurobiology has come to dominate hospital-based psychotherapy, and the teaching of psychotherapy has become marginalized in psychiatry residency programs across the country. As a result, psychotherapy supervisors must play an increasingly important role in maintaining the viability of this discipline. Moreover, because the supervisory relationship is the main way that trainees develop their identity as psychotherapists, supervisors’ development of knowledge and skill is critical to their role as mentor. The authors describe a symposium and lecture series for trainee supervisors that enabled them to come together and offer a forum for a lively exchange of ideas and information.


Academic Psychiatry Training Director Harvard Medical School Massachusetts General Hospital Professional Psychology 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Education and Development for Psychotherapy SupervisorsMassachusetts General HospitalBostonUSA
  2. 2.Harvard Medical SchoolBostonUSA
  3. 3.Couples Therapy TrainingMassachusetts General HospitalBostonUSA

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