2014 • December

Season’s Greetings from Division 29! This past year has been a big year for us. In October, we changed our name to The Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy. All year we (Brad Brenner and Amy Ellis) worked to create a brand new website, designed to showcase the brilliant psychotherapy content of expert clinicians, researchers, […]

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Introduction In recent years, the importance of cultural training in the education of psychologists has been particularly emphasized (American Psychological Association, 2003). However, clear guidelines for cultural training have not been established. As a result, internship sites vary significantly in their notions of what makes cultural training effective (Brooks, Mintz, & Dobson, 2004; Constantine & […]

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The practice of psychotherapy can be highly rewarding and gratifying. Psychotherapists regularly make a significant positive impact in the lives of those with whom they work. Yet, this endeavor can also be emotionally demanding and challenging; if we do not attend to our own functioning and wellness, we can be at risk of developing problems […]

Introduction In the June issue of Psychotherapy, Newman, Przeworski, Consoli, and Taylor present a study on the use of a palmtop computer-assisted therapy for Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) (Newman et al., 2014). This novel evaluation of the efficiency of coupling a computer program with face-to-face Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) was the culmination of questions that began […]

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Close relationships are central to mental health (Wetterneck & Hart, 2012). Loneliness and poor social connection represent a significant public health concern, increasing risk of death as much as excessive cigarette smoking, more than excessive drinking and obesity (Holt-Lunstad et. al., 2010). Functional Analytic Psychotherapy (FAP) is a contextual, behavioral, relational approach to psychotherapy in […]

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) One of the most vibrant agencies within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is CDC, headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia. Since 1946, CDC has served as a public health leader in the U.S. and around the world. It has experts assigned to all 50 states and […]

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Over the past decades, meta-analyses have found almost no clinically meaningful differences in efficacy between the various evidence-based psychotherapies. This has led to the formulation of the so-called “Dodo bird verdict”, based on the Alice in Wonderland story, which argues that “all [psychotherapies] have won and all must have prizes”. Consequently, major figures in the […]

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Abstract Recently, we (Laska, Gurman, & Wampold, 2014, pp. 467–481) discussed the implications of taking a common factor approach for practice and policy. In this response to the commentary on our article, we reiterate 10 things that need to be remembered about common factor theory. Keywords: common factors, evidence-based practice, psychotherapy, outcomes 00 Be the […]

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