Training cognitive behavioural therapy practitioners in New Zealand: From university to clinical practice

Sarah J. Kennedy-Merrick, Beverly A. Haarhoff, Lynley M. Stenhouse, Paul L. Merrick, Nikolaos Kazantzis

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The present study evaluated the transfer of skills taught in a Cognitive Behavioural Therapy training programme to work practice. Seventy-three past trainees from varying mental health professions completed self-report questionnaires exploring key aspects of transfer. The results showed that, overall, there was a moderate degree of perceived transfer and a high degree of confidence in using CBT techniques. Statistically significant differences in transfer scores were found between groups with different current therapeutic approaches, age groups of clients, and therapy formats. Significant positive correlations were found between the transfer outcome and two variables: perceived confidence in using the CBT skills, and the perceived impact of the CBT training on skills and knowledge. The most helpful factors and influential barriers in the transfer of CBT training were identified. Results were consistent with findings from previous CBT studies and Goldstein and Ford's (2002) theory of the transfer process. Limitations and strategies to enhance the transfer of training are highlighted.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)8-17
Number of pages10
JournalNew Zealand Journal of Psychology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2008
Externally publishedYes

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