, Volume 28, Issue 2, pp 151-155

Small-Group Videotape Training for Psychotherapy Skills Development

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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.

The author thanks Jeff Hancock and Jennifer Haynes for reviewing this manuscript, the Department of Psychiatry, Dalhousie University, the Nova Scotia Department of Health, and Dr. K Roy MacKenzie for his mentorship with this and many other projects.