Most Valuable Paper in Psychotherapy 2014

The Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy has selected the Most Valuable Paper published in Psychotherapy in 2014!


Expanding the Lens of Evidence-Based Practice in Psychotherapy: A Common Factors Perspective

By Drs. Kevin M. Laska, Alan S. Gurman and Bruce E. Wampold


In this article, we examine the science and policy implications of the common factors perspective (CF; Frank & Frank, 1993; Wampold, 2007). As the empirically supported treatment (EST) approach, grounded in randomized controlled trials (RCTs), is the received view (see Baker, McFall, & Shoham, 2008; McHugh & Barlow, 2012), we make the case for the CF perspective as an additional evidence- based approach for understanding how therapy works, but also as a basis for improving the quality of mental health services. Finally, we argue that it is time to integrate the 2 perspectives, and we challenge the field to do so.

Keywords: empirically supported treatments, evidence-based practice, common factors, outcomes, psychotherapy


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Laska, K. M., Gurman, A. S., Wampold, B. E. (2014). Expanding the lens of evidence-based practice in psychotherapy: A common factors perspective. Psychotherapy, 51, 467-481. doi: 10.1037/a0034332


Most Valuable Paper (MVP), is for a paper published in Psychotherapy chosen by the editorial board to be the most valuable to the field of psychotherapy.  Any paper published in that volume year is eligible; the award will be presented in the following year. The editorial board will consider the entire breadth of published content including research (quantitative or qualitative), clinical, training, theory, practice review, evidence-based case study, comment or book review.  The award winner will receive a check for $500 and a certificate to be presented at the Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy Awards Ceremony at the APA Annual Convention. All finalists will also be presented with a certificate at this ceremony as well.  The award winner will also be announced in the Division bulletin and website.

Download for free our two most recent Most Valuable Papers:

Most Valuable Paper for 2012

Ulvenes, P. G., Berggraf, L., Hoffart, A., Stiles T. C., Svartberg, M., McCullough, L., & Wampold, B. E. (2012). Different processes for different therapies: Therapist actions, therapuetic bond, and outcomesPsychotherapy, 49, 291-302. doi: 10.1037/a0027895

Most Valuable Paper for 2013

Wampold. B E. (2013). The good, the bad, and the ugly: A 50-year perspective on the outcome problem. Psychotherapy 50, 16-24. doi: 10.1037/a0030570

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