Clinical Training of Psychologists in Family Practice Settings

Johanna Shapiro, PhD

This article considers issues of education and preparation relevant to psychology trainees in departments of family medicine. Special issues unique to training in a medical setting, such as confusion about professional identity and divergence in world views, are discussed. This article also addresses a range of relational issues, including trainee relationships with residents, patients, and attending physicians. Supervision of the psychology trainee is also considered, eg, teaching, counseling, and advocacy supervisor roles. This article concludes with specific suggestions and guidelines for future training of psychologists in family medicine settings.

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