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date: 19 February 2019

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This chapter argues that psychopathology should be at the heart of psychiatry and clinical psychology. It first considers the three most important unmet needs identified by residents in psychiatry, namely: time dedicated to supervision, time dedicated to studying psychopathology, and opportunities to discuss patients’ psychopathological phenomena in clinical practice. It then examines five reasons for teaching phenomenological psychopathology to clinicians, along with its agenda—generalized and individual knowledge, explaining and understanding, first- and second-order empathy, education, and formation. The chapter concludes by emphasizing the need for training institutions to finally recognize the importance of the influence of the teacher upon the process of professional formation—which means that it is not only the trainees who need to be trained, selected, and supervised, but also the trainers.

Keywords: psychiatry, clinical psychology, supervision, clinicians, phenomenological psychopathology, knowledge, empathy, education, training, professional formation

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