There is robust scientific evidence that psychodynamic psychotherapy is an effective means of treating a range of adult mental health difficulties (for a review of meta-analyses, see Shedler, 2010), and a growing evidence base in support of psychodynamic psychotherapy for children and adolescents (see Abbass et al., 2013; Midgely and Kennedy, 2011; Kennedy and Midgley, 2007; Kennedy, 2004).• Since 2017, the Research Department at NSCAP has adopted a robust evaluation framework to evaluate all of its courses and consultancy work which has been regularly updated and extended.
- Since 2017, the Research Department at NSCAP has adopted a robust evaluation framework to evaluate all of its courses and consultancy work which has been regularly updated and extended.
- Our current evaluation strategy allows us to demonstrate the relevance and effectiveness of NSCAP’s training and consultancy work in a number of ways.
- We review the development of psychoanalytic and other professional competencies over the course of our training programmes, many of which demonstrate an important improvement in professional competencies by the end of the training.
- Over time, we have identified statistically significant improvements in the wellbeing, self-efficacy and perceived stress of participants in a number of our professional development courses.
- We have been able to link these improvements to the reflective practice skills which are embedded into many training programmes, and which allow participants to reflect on experiences from their everyday work context in the light of the skills and knowledge which they are developing.
- As a result, our evaluations demonstrate that NSCAP training courses and consultations such as reflective practice groups are considered to be very relevant to practice, with a significant level of the knowledge, skills and competencies being regularly transferred into practice.
- Thus, the Research Department is able to underline the value for money and return on investment represented by NSCAP’s training and consultancy offer.
Abbass, A. et al. (2013) ‘Psychodynamic psychotherapy for children and adolescents: A meta-analysis of short-term psychodynamic models’, Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry 52(8):863-875. doi :10.1016/j.jaac.2013.05.014
Kennedy, E. (2004) ‘Child and adolescent psychotherapy: a systematic review of psychoanalytic approaches’, North Central London Strategic Health Authority: London.
Kennedy, E. and Midgley, N. (2007) ‘Process and outcome research in child, adolescent and parent-infant psychotherapy: a thematic review’, North Central London Strategic Health Authority: London.
Midgely, N. and Kennedy, E. (2011) ‘Psychodynamic psychotherapy for children and adolescents: a critical review of the evidence base’, Journal of Child Psychotherapy 37(3), 232-60. doi: 10.1080/0075417X.2011.614738
Shedler, J. (2010) ‘The efficacy of psychodynamic psychotherapy’, American Psychologist 65(2): 98-109. doi: 10.1037/a0018378