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Bridging Case Conceptualization, Assessment, and Intervention presents a new approach to the integration of science and practice in clinical work. Author Scott T. Meier systematically connects case conceptualization, assessment, and analysis of intervention effects. This integrative approach differs from traditional methods of teaching counseling in its emphasis on the inclusion of assessment data in the intervention process. With its emphasis on concepts and procedure, Bridging Case Conceptualization, Assessment, and Intervention is intended as a manual for students in psychology, psychiatry, social work, or counseling and practicing psychotherapists, psychiatrists, or counselors.

Possible Futures
Possible futures

As evidenced in the first five chapters of this book, important benefits can occur when clinical science and practice are interwoven. Even in the helping professions, however, history repeats itself. Without a substantial force changing the clinical professions, current practice will become future practice. Recent changes in clinical practice have often been less focused on quality than on amount or type of therapy. For example, the major effect of managed care on psychotherapy has been to shorten the number of sessions delivered, constrain costs, and move therapists toward cognitive-behavioral orientations and techniques (Davis & Meier, 2001). No current evidence indicates that managed care has improved clinical outcomes (Davis & Meier, 2001).

The first section of this chapter describes a number of paths that ...

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