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Evidence in the Psychological Therapies

A Critical Guidance for Practitioners, 1st Edition

Edited by Chris Mace, Stirling Moorey, Bernard Roberts


232 pages

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Evidence-based practice is likely to determine standards for publicly and insurance-funded psychotherapies in the near future. How should practitioners prepare themselves for this?

Evidence in the Psychological Therapies takes a critical look at the meaning of evidence. It examines which kinds of evidence are most relevant to psychological therapies, and Mow the quality of evidence can be assessed. The potential impact of evidence on practice is illustrated across a range of clinical settings and therapeutic models. The contributors include distinguished academics in law and philosophy, clinical researchers who have contributed to the evidence base for psychological therapies, and prominent therapists who have put research into practice and pioneered effective methods of audit.

This accessible discussion of a topic no practitioner can ignore is recommended to all psychotherapists, including psychoanalysts, CBT therapists, psychiatrists, clinical psychologists, counsellors and those in training.


"Evidence in the Psychological Therapies does not profess to offer any practical guidance to therapists on evidence-based practice in psychotherapy. Rather, Mace, Moorey and Roberts present the reader with a range of perspectives on issues fundametnal to evidence-based practice in psychotherapy. This divergence in perspectives leaves the reader better informed and more aware of the importance of critical reflection and continued debate on the role and implementation of evidence-based practice in psychotherapy." - - Pieter du Toit, in Behavioural & Cognitive Psychotherapy, Vol 31 - 2003

Table of Contents

C. Mace, S. Moorey, A Delicate Balance. J. Jackson, A Lawyer's View of Evidence. M. Rustin, Research, Evidence and Psychotherapy. S. Wessely, Randomised Controlled Trials - the Gold Standard? P. Sturdee, Evidence, Influence or Evaluation? Fact and Value in Clinical Science. D. Tantam, Evident Causes: The Nature of Reason in Psychotherapy. G.Turpin, Single Case Methedology and Psychotherapy Evaluation. K. Healy, Working Hypotheses in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy. S. Jakes, Hypothesis Testing in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy. D. Allison, C. Denman, Comparing Models in Cognitive and Cognitive Analytic Therapy. P. Richardson, Evidence-based Practice and the Psychodynamic Psychotherapies. F. Margison, Practice-based Evidence in Psychotherapy. M. Aveline, J. Watson, Making a Success of Your Psychotherapy Service: The Contribution of Clinical Audit.

About the Editors

Chris Mace is senior lecturer at the University of Warwick and consultant psychotherapist, Soth Warwickshire NHS Trust. Stirling Moorey is Consultant Psychiatrist in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy to the South London and Maudsley NHS Trust and Honorary Senior Lecturer at the Institute of Psychiatry. Bernard Roberts is Consultant Psychotherapist and medical director at Kingston Community NHS Trust.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Psychotherapy / Counseling
PSYCHOLOGY / Psychotherapy / General