Title

A Cognitive-Behavioral Perspective on Clinical Trainee Stress

Date of Award

6-10-2009

Document Type

Doctoral Capstone

Degree Name

Psy.D.

Department

Graduate School of Professional Psychology

First Advisor

Michael Karson, Ph.D.

First Committee Member

Joelle Kruml, Psy.D.

Second Committee Member

Diane Guerra, Psy.D.

Keywords

Clinical Psychology, Graduate Students, Stress

Abstract

The literature on self-care for clinical psychology graduate students largely overlooks their distinctive stressors. Suggestions often fail to capitalize on particular opportunities, the most salient of which is that trainees can use what they are learning about psychology on themselves. In this paper, I apply a cognitive-behavioral perspective to stressors particularly associated with clinical training, including the imposter phenomenon and perfectionism, using myself as an example. The result is enhanced competence with the theory, reduced stress, and avoidance of stigma.

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