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Has the Magic of Psychotherapy Disappeared? Integrating Evidence-Based Practice into Therapist Awareness and Development

Debra Theobald McClendon and Gary M. Burlingame

in On Becoming a Psychotherapist

Published in print December 2010 | ISBN: 9780199736393
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199894574 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199736393.003.0009
Has the Magic of Psychotherapy Disappeared? Integrating Evidence-Based Practice into Therapist Awareness and Development

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The tension between creative, interconnected aspects of psychotherapy (magic) and measurement requirements are examined in relation to its affect on therapist awareness and development. This discussion includes the influence of evidence based practice (EBP) and managed care. Issues of ethics, diversity, and the training of new psychotherapists are also addressed. A relatively new model of EBP, practice-based evidence (PBE), is introduced and discussed as a practical and useful strategy for reducing the tension and contributing to therapist development. The Youth Outcome Questionnaire (Y-OQ) is introduced as a measurement example for gathering PBE. Case studies are included to illustrate how managed care or administrative requirements for accountability may lead to greater therapist anxiety or contribute positively to the growth of the clinician-as-instrument.

Keywords: evidence based practice; practice based evidence; magic; psychotherapy; managed care; Youth Outcome Questionnaire; therapist development

Chapter.  9203 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Clinical Psychology

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