Impossible internships and frozen specializations: the Open Letter to Minister Manfredi
Hi, we are the students of the following Italian psychotherapy schools :
Institute of Imaginative Analysis, Slop Lombard School of Psychotherapy, Cognitive Studies, Cognitive Studies and Research Ptcr of Mestre, CISSPAT, SICC, SSPC IFREP (Mestre office), IACP Milan, Sfpid Rome, Italian School of Clinical Cognitivism SICC, Gabriele Buccola Institute, cognitive psychotherapy school of Palermo, FormaMentis, Academy of Family Psychotherapy, Psychotherapy Training School, Walden Institute in Rome, Transactional Analysis, CRP Research Center in Psychotherapy, SICC SRL, IGB Gabriele Buccola Institute School of Cognitive Psychotherapy, La Sapienza School of Neuropsychology, Postgraduate School in Psychosomatic Psychotherapy of Christ the King, School of Cognitive Psychotherapy (SPC) and Association of Cognitive Behavioral Psychology (APC) of Verona, Ancona, Grosseto, Lecce, Rome, Reggio Calabria, Grosseto, Naples, Bari,Iefcos, Adlerian School of Psychotherapy, CRP Center for Research in Psychotherapy, SPIC of Busto Arsizio (Varese), IGB School of Cognitive Psychotherapy
It is our interest and need to testify and ask for support for the difficult period from the training point of view inherent in the conclusion of our studies and the fulfillment of the annual hours of compulsory internship . This difficulty is dictated by the current health emergency which has had a significant impact also in our training as psychotherapists.
In fact, despite the many requests forwarded to the various managers of the host structures where we psychotherapists in training carry out our internship (hospitals and private structures affiliated with the NHS) even today for some of us it is not possible to carry out and / or give continuity to the path of compulsory internship for specialization . This is due to the measures that these structures have adopted following the current health emergency, including the suspension of the internships themselves. Still other colleagues, despite already having an active internship, are not receiving authorization to return to service to finish the hours. Finally, several structures are not even allowing the completion of the internship in online mode (the MIUR also expressed itself by ruling that the maximum number of hours that can be carried out remotely can only be 30% of the total).
According to the latest ministerial directives, fourth year students, if they fail to carry out the internship by 2020, will be obliged to move the date of specialization to the following year until the hours have been completed, with the risk of extending the timing. spending double the time and energy.
For these reasons, finishing the internship hours, as per the educational obligation, is proving to be an impossible undertaking . The consequence is that this puts our specialization at serious risk.
We therefore decided to join in writing the following letter to the Minister of University and Research Gaetano Manfredi , in which we explain the complexity of our condition and ask him for support.
Dear Minister Manfredi,
We are students of the Italian specialization schools in psychotherapy.
We are writing this letter to you as the spokesperson for a situation that puts us in great difficulty and does not allow us to pursue the course of study we have chosen.
In recent weeks we have reported to the management of our schools the very complicated situation we are experiencing regarding the completion of the curricular internship: many of the hospitals consulted, as well as the private structures affiliated with the NHS, will not activate new internships in 2020. Therefore, although there are tutors available to welcome us, the application is rejected by the relevant offices. Furthermore, the aforementioned communications are provided by telephone after repeated attempts to contact the structures; in many cases we do not even get an answer to the internship request emails sent.
For those who had already activated the internship in January and February 2020, the situation is no better: in fact, many host structures do not allow them to return to the office to complete the hours, until a later date. We would like to point out that the lockdown was put in place at the beginning of March, therefore many of us were able to carry out only a small percentage of the scheduled hours. Finally, remember that not all structures agree to activate an online internship and that in any case the Ministerial regulations in this regard speak for themselves: a maximum of 30% of the total hours provided can be completed remotely.
According to the latest directives, fourth year students, if they fail to carry out the internship by 2020, will be obliged to move the date of specialization to the following year until the hours have been completed, with the risk of extending the timing. spending double the time and energy.
We were told by the directors of our schools to follow the Ministerial provisions, which unfortunately are totally disconnected from what is the real and current context of the host structures.
The current situation does not depend on personal will not to carry out the internship but on an exceptional condition caused by a global pandemic.
Our interest is to report the complex situation and ask for attention and protection from the MIUR.
The students of the Italian psychotherapy schools
This letter was signed by the following students specializing in psychotherapy, reaching 257 adhesions: