Dissociation : Vol. 4, No. 2, p. 105-108 : The process of the MPD therapist and the use of the study group
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This article presents a developmental model of the therapist's process of skill acquisition delineating Neophyte, Mastery, and Expert Phases. Specific characteristics and pitfalls of each developmental stage are described on a continuum. The discussion also focuses on the use of the local study group as an educational and supportive environment for the therapist treating patients diagnosed with dissociative disorders. A description of how such a study group provides a source for case consultation, peer supervision and support for the otherwise isolated and confused therapist is presented.