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ERIC Number: ED109570
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975
Pages: 8
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Neurotic and Environmental Sources of Psychotherapist Resistance to Evaluation.
Van Atta, Ralph
Observation of the treatment process and outcomes research may interfere with self-gratifications and may shatter illusions about a therapist's omnipotence. Consequently, research and evaluation must be understood to threaten, inherently, personal need gratification of therapists. The author discusses several reality-based therapist objections to research and evaluation: (1) evaluation (and the observation it entails) constitutes an affront to professional status; (2) therapists are sometimes ignorant of psychotherapy process and outcome research, and frequently believe that it has contributed little to advances in treatment processes; and (3) participation in research has no immediate or long-term payoff for many psychotherapists. The author concludes that for research or systematic evaluation to be actively supported by practicing therapists, it must arise from, yet bear upon, their work. (Author/PC)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American College Personnel Association (50th, Atlanta, Georgia, March 5-8, 1975); Best copy available