A training outline for conducting psychotherapy process ratings: An example using therapist technique

Michelle B. Stein, Frank P. Pesale, Jenelle M. Slavin, Mark J. Hilsenroth

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Aims: This study addresses the effects of structured training on the development of coding skills used in psychotherapy process research. Method: Participants included graduate trainees enrolled in an APA approved Clinical PhD programme. A course outline for training is reviewed and examined in relation to ratings of therapist techniques used during psychotherapy sessions. Results: The effects of this structured training protocol for raters resulted in good to excellent levels of interrater reliability. Different groups of raters were compared along multiple factors such as level of graduate training, training received on a particular measure, and psychotherapy experience. Discussion: The implications of these findings for rater training in psychotherapy process research are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)50-59
Number of pages10
JournalCounselling and Psychotherapy Research
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 1 2010
Externally publishedYes



  • CPPS
  • Psychotherapy process
  • Rater training
  • STPP
  • Therapist technique

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Applied Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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