A Cognitive-behavioral Perspective on Clinical Trainee Stress

Date of Award


Document Type

Undergraduate Capstone Project

Degree Name


Organizational Unit

Graduate School of Professional Psychology

First Advisor

Michael Karson

Second Advisor

Joelle Kruml

Third Advisor

Diane Guerra


Clinical psychology, Graduate students, Stress


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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