Competency in integrative psychotherapy: Perspectives on training and supervision

James F. Boswell, Dana L. Nelson, Samuel S. Nordberg, Andrew A. McAleavey, Louis G. Castonguay

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Increasingly, many psychotherapists identify with an integrative approach to psychotherapy. In recent years, more attention has been directed toward the operationalization and evaluation of competence in professional psychology and health care service delivery. Aspects of integrative psychotherapy competency may differ from competency in other psychotherapy orientations, although convergence is more often the case. Despite the potential differences, there exist very few formal training programs or guidelines to systematically guide clinicians in developing a competent integrative practice. This paper attempts to distill the essential elements of competent integrative psychotherapy practice and focuses on how these might be developed in training and supervision. We address most of these complex issues from a specific integrative perspective: principle-based assimilative integration.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3-11
Number of pages9
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2010

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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