Evidence-Based Therapy Relationships

John C. Norcross and Michael J. Lambert

in Psychotherapy Relationships That Work

Second edition

Published in print April 2011 | ISBN: 9780199737208
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199894635 | DOI:
Evidence-Based Therapy Relationships

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In 2009, the American Psychological Association Division of Psychotherapy along with the Division of Clinical Psychology commissioned a second task force on evidence-based therapy relationships to update the research base and clinical practices on the psychotherapist–patient relationship. This chapter begins by tracing the purpose and processes of the interdivisional Task Force. It explicates the need for identifying evidence-based elements of the therapy relationship and means of matching or adapting treatment to the individual. In a tentative way, it offers two models to account for psychotherapy outcome as a function of various therapeutic factors (e.g., patient, relationship, technique). The latter part of the chapter features the limitations of the Task Force's work and responds to frequently asked questions.

Keywords: evidence-based therapy relationships; Task Force; psychotherapist–patient relationship; psychotherapy

Chapter.  10069 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Clinical Psychology

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