Adding a more rigorous scientific agenda to the empirically supported treatment movement
As the empirically supported treatment (EST) effort has expanded, there are efforts to make the study of ESTs a more integral part of training programs. In its present form, the EST list provides a poor model of how to evaluate treatment and scientific issues related to our field. This article offers several suggestions regarding how to establish a more relevant scientific agenda for the committee’swork if the study of ESTs is to usefully influence training programs. Recommendations are made to encourage programs and the CSP to study mechanisms of change, important contextual variables for therapy delivery, the distinction between statistical significance and clinical meaningfulness, dissemination, cost-effectiveness, and iatrogenic effects. It is argued that any program that created a curriculum educating students to thoughtfully address these issues when evaluating therapies would be producing sound clinical scientists regardless of the quality of the EST list itself.
Original Work Citation
Follette, W. C., & Beitz, K. (2003, July). Adding a more rigorous scientific agenda to the empirically supported treatment movement. Behavior Modification, 27(3), 369-386. doi:10.1177/0145445503027003006
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