Trainee Takeaways: An Exploratory Qualitative Analysis of Psychiatric Inpatient Work

Date of Award


Document Type

Doctoral Research Paper

Degree Name


Organizational Unit

Graduate School of Professional Psychology

First Advisor

Lavita Nadkarni

Second Advisor

Ragnar Storaasli

Third Advisor

Elizabeth Sather


Psychology, Trainee, Psychiatric inpatient, Challenges


For the last five years, "psychology trainee" has been my primary identity. For the last three years, my training has occurred within the context of psychiatric inpatient units. From a trainee's perspective, I plan to explore several themes and challenges that are inherent to employment in psychiatric inpatient environments and discuss the impact that such challenges have on trainee psychologists. I will also propose resilience as a protective factor for trainees and will outline several characteristics of resilience that have helped promote my growth as a burgeoning psychologist in an environment that lends itself to burnout, compassion fatigue, and caregiver stress. My hope is to help trainees prepare for careers on inpatient units by normalizing experiences and reactions that trainees are likely to encounter.

Publication Statement

Copyright is held by the author. Permanently suppressed.


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