From trainee to trainer: crossing over to the other side of the fence

Gil-Rodriguez, Elena and Butcher, Anna. 2012. From trainee to trainer: crossing over to the other side of the fence. British Journal of Guidance & Counselling, 40(4), pp. 357-368. ISSN 0306-9885 [Article]

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This article discusses the authors' experiences of the transition from trainee to trainer on a psychotherapeutic training programme, and some of the challenges involved. Using the framework offered by Rizq (2009), the article examines the many parallel processes implicit in the roles of trainee, trainer and therapist. We explore these using examples from personal experience and psychodynamic theory and concepts. We believe our experience illustrates one of the transitions that are inevitable throughout the process of training, qualifying and practising as therapeutic practitioners. These transitions, whilst often fraught with difficulty, are invariably paramount to the process of reflection and development as a practitioner and teacher. Therefore, this article hopes to formulate a deeper understanding of this edifying, yet challenging transition.

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Social, Therapeutic & Community Engagement (STaCS)



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17 Nov 2015 16:10

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10 Jul 2017 08:57

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