Events and experiences impacting the development of clinical self confidence: A study of the first year of client contact

Richard J. Bischoff, Marci Barton, Jody Thober, Rachel Hawley

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Research was conducted to identify the events and experiences influencing the development of clinical self-confidence during the first year of client contact for beginning marriage and family therapists. Thirty-nine recent graduates of a master's degree training program participated in a semistructured interview in which they were asked to describe the influences on their clinical self-confidence. Through qualitative analysis, four event and experience categories emerged as exerting the most influence on confidence at this stage of professional development: supervision, contact with clients, contact with peers, and personal life stress. The authors recommend providing strength-focused supervision, acknowledging the effects of client contact, encouraging peer contact, and attending to personal life stress.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)371-382
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Marital and Family Therapy
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2002


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science

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