THE AMBIGUOUS NATURE OF CLINICAL TRAINING AND ITS IMPACT ON THE DEVELOPMENT OF STUDENT CLINICIANS

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Abstract

This article, written from the perspective of a graduate-level clinician, examines the ambiguous nature of clinical work with particular focus on the anxiety it creates for psychology graduate students and the role it plays in fostering the development of critical thinking skills and confidence in clinical decision making. This article also addresses the ambiguous nature of clinical psychology training programs, in general, especially during the first year of training. Experiences that increased and decreased the level of ambiguity in the author's own training program are described as well as suggestions for making the process of becoming a professional psychologist one that is clearer and easier to handle.

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