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Larry E. Beutler, Heidi A. Zetzer & Rebecca E. Williams

In: Research in Counselling and Psychotherapy: Practical Applications

Chapter 2: Research Applications of Prescriptive Therapy

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Research Applications of Prescriptive Therapy
Research applications of prescriptive therapy
Larry E.Beutler, Heidi A.Zetzer and Rebecca E.Williams

‘Prescriptive psychotherapy’ identifies a collection of clinical approaches that are bound together by their commitment to research evidence, rather than clinical theories, as the foundation for developing treatment programs and plans. ‘Technical eclecticism’, ‘systematic eclecticism’, ‘technical integration’ and ‘strategic integration’ are synonymous terms that frequently are used to describe these approaches. ‘Prescriptive’ approaches are cross-cutting in that they draw from a variety of different theories; they are empirical, in that they embrace research evidence as the basis for treatment selection; and they are systematic, in that they present consistent and clear decisional rules for selecting and applying treatments.

The better known prescriptive approaches to treatment planning are multi-modal psychotherapy (Lazarus, 1976), ...

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