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  • Subject index

A Short Introduction to Psychotherapy is an accessible guide to the field for anyone embarking on training or simply interested in finding out more about psychotherapy. Mapping the development and dimensions of contemporary practice, the book explores the origins of psychotherapy; its applications in terms of modalities, settings and client populations; central theoretical concepts; the nature of training and career paths for qualified practitioners; and main critiques, both from within and outside psychotherapy. A team of well-known and highly-regarded contributors examine issues which have particular bearing on psychotherapy today.

The Evidence Base of Psychotherapy
The evidence base of psychotherapy

The need for psychotherapists to work within the context of evidence-based practice is becoming a vital part of ethical and professional practice. There has been a growing movement stemming from political, social and economic forces towards collecting and disseminating research results indicating which therapies have been shown to ‘work’. The choice of evidence has profound effects on the way research is interpreted, the directions of future research and on the future direction of psychotherapy practice. There are current trends both to create a scientific paradigm of standardised research criteria and methodologies, as well as attempts to create an integrative or pan-theoretical framework of common factors. In what the uninitiated might think of as the dry world ...

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