Issues in the Continuing Development of Treatment Guidelines

Larry E. Beutler, John F. Clarkin and Bruce Bongar

in Guidelines for the Systematic Treatment of the Depressed Patient

Published in print February 2000 | ISBN: 9780195105308
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199848522 | DOI:

Series: Guidebooks in Clinical Psychology

Issues in the Continuing                             Development of Treatment Guidelines

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As the number of available and practiced theories grew, so did disillusion with the original hope that one of them might hold the truth about how problems occurred and could be eliminated. Inevitable results of the introduction of new theories included a decline in the consistency of treatment for depression and other mental disorders and an increase in the variety of techniques and procedures used. The use of manuals in supportive research is now accepted as a major criterion for determining a proposal's acceptance for federal funding, for identifying those treatments that have received sufficient empirical support to warrant transfer to practice, and for determining what treatments should be included in the curricula of major graduate training programs. In spite of the several advantages of manuals, three problems stated in this chapter have not been resolved. One major disadvantage of treatments that are embedded within theories of psychopathology and change is that they are themselves resistant to change.

Keywords: treatment; manuals; training programs; psychopathology; depression; mental disorders

Chapter.  6047 words. 

Subjects: Clinical Psychology

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