Academic Psychiatry

, Volume 28, Issue 2, pp 151–155

Small-Group Videotape Training for Psychotherapy Skills Development

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DOI: 10.1176/appi.ap.28.2.151

Cite this article as:
Abbass, A. Acad Psychiatry (2004) 28: 151. doi:10.1176/appi.ap.28.2.151


Objective: Psychotherapy instructors have used video technology to train residents for over 40 years. Though it has met with some controversy, many will argue that videotape review is essential for self-directed learning and accurate psychotherapy supervision. Methods: The author describes a technique of small-group videotape training as provided in a psychiatry residency training program. Results: He reviews the merits and limitations of this format and suggests simple and inexpensive technical approaches to augment this training. Conclusion: The author concludes that small-group videotape training is an efficient psychotherapy training format that encourages self-monitoring and the exchange of supportive peer feedback.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychiatryDalhousie UniversityHalifaxCanada