Keywords: Psychotherapy Training; Professional Efficacy; CBT; Professional Satisfaction; Sense of Expertise.
The aim of this work was to investigate professional efficacy of psychotherapy training in a sample of psychotherapists. We detected rates of employment in young psychologists graduated in cognitive behavioral psychotherapy specialization schools in different branches of the Associazione di Psicologia Cognitiva (APC) and Scuola di Psicoterapia Cognitiva (SPC) in Italy. Through an on-line or telephone interview we collected data about job conditions, psychotherapy practice and several indexes about job satisfaction, sense of competence and training satisfaction. We interviewed, between mid-2015 and mid-2016, 413 psychotherapists graduated between 2009 and 2016. Findings show interesting results with 97% of participants reporting having a job and 82% working as psychotherapists, despite the young mean age of participants and their recent graduation. Also, satisfaction levels and sense of expertise were very high.