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(p. 1) The World of Expertise in Counseling and Psychotherapy 

(p. 1) The World of Expertise in Counseling and Psychotherapy
(p. 1) The World of Expertise in Counseling and Psychotherapy

Len Jennings

, Thomas M. Skovholt

, Heather Hessel

, Sharada Lakhan

, and Michael Goh

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date: 21 March 2019

Research suggests that characteristics and attitudes of the therapist may be a significant contributor to psychotherapy outcome. Researchers using both quantitative and qualitative methods have explored the characteristics of expert practitioners. This chapter provides an overview of the literature on therapist variables and master therapists, describes the validity of the peer nomination process for selecting master therapists, and explains how qualitative meta-analysis is utilized to integrate findings from various countries. Finally, the importance of obtaining an international perspective on master therapists is emphasized. Qualitative studies on the practices of expert therapists in different countries offer rich descriptive narratives for how optimal therapy works in different country and cultural contexts. More qualitative studies are needed to understand old and new constructs from different cultural perspectives.

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