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Who and how conducts psychotherapy in Poland. Part II. Results from a nationwide survey

Hubert Suszek, Lidia Grzesiuk, Rafał Styła, Krzysztof Krawczyk
Psychiatria 2017;14(2):90-100.

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INTRODUCTION: The first part of the article presented an overview of research projects focused on psychotherapy in Poland. The second part demonstrates results of a study conducted amongst Polish psychotherapists in 2012.

MATERIAL AND METHODS: A total of 1196 persons conducting psychotherapy in Poland fully completed a nationwide online survey (or, alternatively, a paper and pencil enquiry) concerning their education, training, experience, and clinical work. The results are compared with findings of similar studies from other countries.

RESULTS: Among the primary findings were: (1) psychotherapy in Poland is conducted mostly by women (80%); (2) almost all therapists have an MA degree, including 75.2% having graduated in psychology; (3) the psychotherapists are well trained (mean number of training hours is above 942) and established (average experience is about 9.8 years); (4) more than half of the therapists have no type of certificate; (5) 54% of respondents identify with the integrative or eclectic orientation and, simultaneously, for 48.6% of the therapists the most important approach is either psychodynamic or psychoanalytic; (6) the most common form of therapy is individual psychotherapy in private practice; (7) the majority of the therapists treat adult patients with anxiety or personality disorders.

CONCLUSIONS: The results show that psychotherapeutic practice is well established in Poland and many indices are similar to those found in Western countries.

Abstract

INTRODUCTION: The first part of the article presented an overview of research projects focused on psychotherapy in Poland. The second part demonstrates results of a study conducted amongst Polish psychotherapists in 2012.

MATERIAL AND METHODS: A total of 1196 persons conducting psychotherapy in Poland fully completed a nationwide online survey (or, alternatively, a paper and pencil enquiry) concerning their education, training, experience, and clinical work. The results are compared with findings of similar studies from other countries.

RESULTS: Among the primary findings were: (1) psychotherapy in Poland is conducted mostly by women (80%); (2) almost all therapists have an MA degree, including 75.2% having graduated in psychology; (3) the psychotherapists are well trained (mean number of training hours is above 942) and established (average experience is about 9.8 years); (4) more than half of the therapists have no type of certificate; (5) 54% of respondents identify with the integrative or eclectic orientation and, simultaneously, for 48.6% of the therapists the most important approach is either psychodynamic or psychoanalytic; (6) the most common form of therapy is individual psychotherapy in private practice; (7) the majority of the therapists treat adult patients with anxiety or personality disorders.

CONCLUSIONS: The results show that psychotherapeutic practice is well established in Poland and many indices are similar to those found in Western countries.

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psychotherapists, psychotherapy, Poland, professional practice, theoretical orientation, nationwide survey

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Who and how conducts psychotherapy in Poland. Part II. Results from a nationwide survey

Journal

Psychiatria (Psychiatry)

Issue

Vol 14, No 2 (2017)

Article type

Research paper

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90-100

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Psychiatria 2017;14(2):90-100.

Keywords

psychotherapists
psychotherapy
Poland
professional practice
theoretical orientation
nationwide survey

Authors

Hubert Suszek
Lidia Grzesiuk
Rafał Styła
Krzysztof Krawczyk

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