Academic journal article Perspectives in Psychiatric Care

Letter to the Editor

Academic journal article Perspectives in Psychiatric Care

Letter to the Editor

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More or less psychotherapy education?

I've read your editorial (PPC, January/March 2001) and take exception to a number of your comments. These issues have been addressed over the past several years on the APNA list as well as in many other forums. I particularly take exception to your surmise that Nurse Practitioner programs in psychiatry provide less comprehensive education in psychotherapy than do CNS programs. If you have data to support that claim, I, for one, would appreciate your publication of it in this forum so that we can individually evaluate that claim. It is one thing if members of a listserve discussion submit a suggestion that there may be differences in the educational requirement for psychotherapy training between the programs, but it is an entirely different matter when you editorialize and publish unsupported and/or undocumented data.

Anecdotally, my brief surveys of the programs indicate that the NP programs add the NP content to that of the CNS content, including the psychotherapy, and therefore require additional credits and clinical hours. But I have not surveyed all the programs and may be unaware of a trend. As a respected, peer-reviewed journal, I would hope that you would have verified your data prior to publication and therefore will be able to enlighten us on this issue.

Susan Pagel
CNS and NP in Psychiatry

The editor responds:

Thank you for writing in response to my editorial. …

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