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Volume 79 Issue 1 (March 2006), Pages 1-149

A naturalistic comparison of the effectiveness of trainee and qualified clinical psychologists (pages 137-144)

Objective. To compare the effect of clinician type on the outcome for adult mental health clients treated by trainee and qualified clinical psychologists.

Design. Naturalistic, non‐random between‐participants group design: a group of 60 adult mental health out‐patients treated by trainees and a matched group of 60 patients treated by qualified clinical psychologists.

Method. Participants completed a range of established measures at assessment and outcome of their treatment during routine clinical practice.

Results. Significant improvements in mental health were made for both groups from assessment to outcome; however, no significant effect of clinician type was evident.

Conclusions. A variety of factors (e.g. quantity of supervision) contributing to trainee effectiveness are identified and discussed.

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