Psychotherapeutic training involves intensive self-exploration and self-development processes. During the training, in addition to the acquisition of extensive theoretical knowledge, an intensive practical training and supervision, processes such as constant confrontation with one’s own values, re-evaluation of beliefs, shaking off previous roles, patterns and self-deceptions, often take place, and are necessary to enable authentic and fruitful relationships with oneself and others.

Since 2013 we have been actively researching in this area in an effort to better understand these challenging processes. Research on the development of psychotherapy trainees, their satisfaction with their studies, with the method-specific training, identifying possible facilitating and inhibiting factors, can expand and complement the current knowledge about the processes that take place during training. In addition, the research should reveal how we can improve psychotherapy training programs and support trainees in their growth processes in order to be able to ensure meaningful personal and professional development.
For our research purposes we use quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods.

Heads: Univ.-Prof. Dr. Jutta Fiegl, e-mail / Univ.-Ass. Mag. Elitsa Tilkidzhieva, e-mail

Supervision of theses

If you are interested in writing a thesis (Bachelor’s or Master’s degree) within the subject area of the institute, please contact Univ.-Ass. Mag. Elitsa Tilkidzhieva at elitsa.tilkidzhieva@sfu.ac.at

Team

Selected Research Projects

  • Development of psychotherapy trainees (Tilkidzhieva, Gelo, et al.)
  • Impact of online teaching on psychotherapy training (Tilkidzhieva, Forghani, et al.)
  • Impact of teletherapy on psychotherapy treatment (Tilkidzhieva, Forghani, et al.)
  • Evaluation of students’ satisfaction with their studies and modalities (Gren, Janowitz, et al.)
  • Compatibility of professional and scientific education from the perspective of graduates (Wagner, et al.)

Selected Publications

Fiegl, J. (2016). Empirische Untersuchung zum Direktstudium Psychotherapie. Forschungsergebnisse zur Eignung und zum Ausbildungsverlauf aus der Perspektive von Studierenden und Experten. Schriftenreihe der Sigmund-Freud-Privatuniversität. Reihe Psychotherapiewissenschaft in Forschung, Profession und Kultur, Bd. 14 (Hrsg.: Bernd Rieken). Münster/New York: Waxmann.

Fiegl, J. (2020). Eignung und Zugang zur Psychotherapieausbildung Direktstudium der Psychotherapie nach der Matura – ist Alter ein Kriterium?. In A. Pritz, J. Fiegl, & H. Laubreuter (Hrsg.), Universitäres Psychotherapiestudium. Das Modell der Sigmund Freud PrivatUniversität (S. 263-284). Lengerich: Pabst Science Publishers.

Fiegl, J., & Sindelar, B. (2014). Zur Frage der Eignung für die Psychotherapieausbildung. SFU Forschungsbulletin, 2(2), 27-44. doi: 10.15135/2014.2.2.27-44

Fiegl, J., & Sindelar, B. (2020). Über den Tellerrand geschaut: Die Begegnung mit unterschiedlichen Methoden der Psychotherapie als Ausbildungselement. Eine quantitative empirische Studie der Ausbildungsforschung. In A. Pritz, J. Fiegl, H. Laubreuter, & B. Rieken (Hrsg.), Universitäres Psychotherapiestudium. Das Modell der Sigmund Freud PrivatUniversität (S. 297-314). Lengerich: Pabst Science Publishers.

Fiegl, J., & Sindelar, B. (2020). Was macht eine_n Psychotherapeut_in aus? Vorstellungen und Erwartungshaltungen über den_die Psychotherapeut_in bei Beginn der Psychotherapieausbildung. In A. Pritz, J. Fiegl, H. Laubreuter, & B. Rieken (Hrsg.), Universitäres Psychotherapiestudium. Das Modell der Sigmund Freud PrivatUniversität (S. 285-296). Lengerich: Pabst Science Publishers.

Gelo, O. G. C., & Pritz, A. (2020). Dialogical pluralism in psychotherapy science. In A. Pritz, J. Fiegl, H. Laubreuter, & B. Rieken (Hrsg.), Universitäres Psychotherapiestudium. Das Modell der Sigmund Freud PrivatUniversität (S. 57-84). Lengerich: Pabst Science Publishers.

Messina, I., Gelo, O. C. G., Sambin, M., Bianco, F., Mosconi, A., Fenelli, A., Curto, M., Gullo, S., & Orlinsky, D. (2018). Trainees’ self‐evaluation of their development as psychotherapists: An Italian contribution to an international collaborative study on psychotherapy training. Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, 25(2), 338-347. doi: 10.1002/cpp.2165 (IF: 1,93)

Messina, I., Gelo, O. C., Gullo, S., Sambin, M., Mosconi, A., Fenelli, A., Curto, M., & Orlinsky, D. (2018). Personal background, motivation and interpersonal style of psychotherapy trainees having different theoretical orientations: An Italian contribution to an international collaborative study on psychotherapy training. Counselling and Psychotherapy Research, 18(3), 299-307. doi: 10.1002/capr.12176

Schiller, B., Mörtl, K., Tóth, E. F., & Fiegl, J. (2017). Individuelle Copingstrategien von Studierenden während des psychotherapeutischen Ausbildungsprozesses. SFU Forschungsbulletin, 5(1), 1-20. doi: 10.15135/2017.5.1.1-20

Tilkidzhieva, E. (2020). Psychotherapy training research at Sigmund Freud University: Summary and perspectives. In A. Pritz, J. Fiegl, H. Laubreuter, & B. Rieken (Hrsg.), Universitäres Psychotherapiestudium. Das Modell der Sigmund Freud PrivatUniversität (S. 359-380). Lengerich: Pabst Science Publishers.

Tilkidzhieva, E., Gelo, O. C. G., Gullo, S., Orlinsky, D. E., Mörtl, K., & Fiegl, J. (2019). Self-concept of relational skills in psychotherapy trainees: A pilot study. Counselling and Psychother Research, Eoub, 1-10. doi: 10.1002/capr.12217

Contact

Please direct student inquiries and requests for research collaborations to elitsa.tilkidzhieva@sfu.ac.at or ausbildungsforschung@sfu.ac.at