Recognition of Psychotherapy Effectiveness

Council voted to adopt as APA policy the following Resolution on the Recognition of Psychotherapy Effectiveness.

Conclusion of the Resolution

THEREFORE: Be It Resolved that, as a healing practice and professional service, psychotherapy is effective and highly cost- effective. In controlled trials and in clinical practice, psychotherapy results in benefits that markedly exceed those experi- enced by individuals who need mental health services but do not receive psychotherapy. Consequently, psychotherapy should be included in the health care system as an established evidence-based practice. Be It Further Resolved that APA increase its efforts to educate the public about the effectiveness of psychotherapy; support advocacy efforts to enhance formal recognition of psy- chotherapy in the health care system; help ensure that policies will increase access to psychotherapy in the health care system, with particular attention on addressing the needs of underserved populations, and encourage integration of research and practice; and support advocacy for funding. Be It Further Resolved that APA encourages continued and further research on the comparative effectiveness and efficacy of psychotherapy.
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