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ERIC Number: ED445297
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
Pages: 15
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Challenges Confronting Counseling Education Programs: Is Therapy Research Truly Representative?
Chambliss, Catherine
An emphasis on therapy research and empirically supported treatments (ESTs) is currently suggested as the answer to many therapists' and counselors' problems with behavioral healthcare. Those eager to protect psychologists' share of behavioral care in an era of managed care are utilizing ESTs and process research to demonstrate the effectiveness of their clinical interventions. At an increasing rate, therapists are being told that their future in delivering behavioral healthcare depends upon their ability to apply the knowledge gained from several decades of psychotherapy research. In trying to prepare students for their professional lives as counselors in an era dominated by managed care, counseling education programs are increasingly emphasizing the treatment techniques supported by empirical research. This paper reviews the limitations of the extant efficacy research. It discusses the challenges of providing managed care psychotherapy and the limitations of ESTs. It debates the issue of research therapy versus clinical therapy and warns against an oversimplification of treatment standards. In conclusion, the paper suggests that integrating the findings from naturalistic studies can foster more accurate understanding of the everyday challenges confronting clinicians in the field. (Contains 24 references.) (Author/JDM)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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