Articles Tagged "evidence-based"

Evidence-based practice in psychology has been defined as the integration of the best available research, clinical expertise, and the individual client’s characteristics, values, and preferences (APA, 2006). This definition suggests that psychotherapists should be able, and willing, to integrate techniques from different theoretical orientations based on the context. Although integration is important, it is also […]

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The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is one of the largest comprehensive health care systems in the world. Although unique in some regards, it can serve as an ideal laboratory to study the implementation of evidence-based treatments (EBTs) given the abundance of federal funding and top-down administrative support. The VA provides an organized, centralized […]

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We live in an age when a multitude of effective therapies have been identified, and the call is building for evidence-based practices as “the integration of the best available research with clinical expertise in the context of patient characteristics, culture, and preferences” (American Psychological Association, 2006, p. 273). This focus has accompanied a proliferation of […]

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We have just finished writing the 2nd edition of a book with the title The Great Psychotherapy Debate. Although there are many aspects of psychotherapy about which there is no debate, there remain some important debates about some issues. Interestingly, what we debate probably is not all that important, at one level (although it is […]

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All Eyes on the Prize (Looking through Different Glasses) Psychotherapists and psychotherapy researchers all want the same thing: less mental illness and greater psychological well-being, for the most people, using the least resources. Historically, though, there has been some disagreement about how best to achieve effective and efficient psychotherapy outcomes. The disagreement manifests both in […]

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  Competency Initiatives in Professional Psychology   Evidence-Based Therapy Relationships   Mobile Applications for use by clients as well as providers   A free web-based system to help clinicians evaluate and monitor the course of treatment   A library of scales appropriate of use in clinical and research applications   An Excel file file available for […]

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Overcoming the Narcissism of Small Differences Anxiety disorders represent a significant public health concern due to their prevalence, associated impairment and economic impact (Gustavsson et al., 2011; Wittchen et al., 2011). Various empirically supported methods of psychodynamic therapy for the treatment of anxiety disorders are available (a review was recently given by Leichsenring, Klein, and […]

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Conclusions of the Task Force on Evidence-Based Therapy Relationships The therapy relationship makes substantial and consistent contributions to psychotherapy outcome independent of the specific type of treatment. The therapy relationship accounts for why clients improve (or fail to improve) at least as much as the particular treatment method. Practice and treatment guidelines should explicitly address therapist […]

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Abstract Although there is evidence for the efficacy of psychodynamic therapy (PDT) in anxiety disorders, results are not yet satisfactory, for example, if rates of remission and response are considered. To address this problem, a unified psychodynamic protocol for anxiety disorders (UPP-ANXIETY) is proposed that integrates the treatment principles of those methods of PDT that […]

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In recent years there has been growing emphasis on training and supervision methods that demonstrably improve therapist competencies and client outcomes. Right now, I’m supervising a particular trainee who is facing challenging circumstances with a particular case. I wonder whether it would be helpful to sit in on the next session to provide support and […]

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