3 questions to. . . Monika Konitzer, Vice President of the Federal Chamber of Psychotherapists
The training of psychological psychotherapists and child and adolescent psychotherapists (PiA) is to be reformed. One of the most urgent goals is the remuneration of the PiA. How do you want to implement this? Konitzer: Psychotherapists in training need clear legal status that ensures them performance-based remuneration for their practical work during the entire training. We therefore require restricted treatment permit, with which you can work under supervision in psychotherapy even during your training. For this we need curricular regulated training, while the PiA can take on increasingly demanding psychotherapeutic activities depending on their skills progress. But lot should also happen structurally. For example, you want to change the entry requirements and align the content of the training - what effects do you expect it to have? Konitzer: A university degree at master’s level is not nationwide standard for admission to psychotherapist training today. Only half of the 16 supervisory authorities in the federal states currently require master's degree as prerequisite for training as child and adolescent psychotherapist from graduates of pedagogy or social pedagogy, the other half consider bachelor's degree to be sufficient. After the elimination of the nationally binding framework study and examination regulations, certain degree is no longer guarantee for defined competencies acquired during the course. We are therefore working with the universities to develop binding catalog of necessary competencies that are necessary as the basis for independent psychotherapeutic activity with scientific specialist and methodological competence. We therefore generally require master’s degree as prerequisite for starting postgraduate psychotherapist training. Two qualified professions should become one. Where do you see the advantages in this? Konitzer: Psychotherapist as an approved profession ensures that all psychotherapists meet the same high quality standards. Therefore, all psychotherapists should acquire basic skills for treating all age groups in their training. However, it should be possible to set priorities in order to acquire special skills for caring for mentally ill adults or children and adolescents. In this way, clear professional profile of the psychotherapist can be sharpened against other professions without losing the specific qualifications for treating children, adolescents and adults.