Many counselling and psychotherapy researchers are suspicious of the pronouncements of practitioners because they are not backed up by research. Similarly, practitioners tend to ignore research findings because they consider that they have little relevance to their clinical practice.

This book bridges the gap that currently exists between research and practice in counselling and psychotherapy by providing detailed clinical examples of the practical relevance of research. It brings together contributions from leading British and American psychotherapy researchers, who describe their research programmes and explore how their findings can substantially inform therapeutic practice. The book calls for the close integration of research, skills training and supervised clinical practice on training courses.

Research Applications of Prescriptive Therapy

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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