While empirical, scientific research has much to offer to the practice-oriented therapist in training, it is often difficult to effectively engage the trainee, beginning practitioner, or graduate student in a subject area that can often glaze over the eyes of a reader focused on practical work. Most books about psychotherapy focus either on the process of gathering, analyzing, presenting, and discussing research results, or on conducting clinical work. What most of these texts lack is an engaging, accessible guide to how to incorporate research into practice. "Research for the Psychotherapist: From Science to Practice" fills that niche with an approach that bridges the gap between research and practice, presenting concise chapters that distill research findings and clearly apply them to practical issues. Jay Lebow is an accomplished practitioner and researcher in the fields of marriage and family therapy and integrative psychotherapy. In this book, he offers a focused volume that covers a range of topics. This volume should appeal to psychotherapists and students looking for an accessible, jargon-free guide to utilizing research in practical settings.
Preface. Acknowledgments. Part I: Psychotherapy and Psychotherapy Research. Merging Science and Practice Psychotherapy. A Clinician's Primer for Evaluating Research About Psychotherapy. Part II: Research Focused on Psychotherapy. Therapy By the Numbers: Critics Claim Empirically Supported Treatments (ESTS) Undermine Clinical Creativity. The Push for Evidence: Defining the Role for Evidence-based Practice. What Can We Say About the Effectiveness of Psychotherapy? The Science of Clinical Artistry: Research-based Principles for Effective Practice. Transformation Now! (Or Maybe Later): Client Change is Not an All-or-Nothing Proposition. Beyond Intuition: Research on Psychotherapeutic Process. Mindfulness Goes Mainstream: Research is Proving the Value of Awareness Processes. Improving Our Track Record: How Therapists Can Better Meet the Needs of the Disadvantaged. Addictions Treatment: Myth vs. Reality. War of the Worlds: Researchers and Practitioners Collide on Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Critical Incident Stress Debriefing (CISD). Reassessing Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors: Separating Hype From Facts About Antidepressants. Outing the Unproven: A New Journal Exposes Therapies That Don't Work. The Messenger is the Message: The Effectiveness of Treatment Still Depends On Who Delivers It. Part III: Research Focused On or Relevant to Couple and Family Therapy. Family Therapy Scorecard: Research Shows the Family Approach is Often the Treatment of Choice. Marital Preparation and Enrichment Programs Document their Value. What Really Makes Couples Happy? A Controversy Divides the World of Marital Researchers. Not Quite the Brady Bunch: Research on Remarriage Families. Methods of Relational Assessment. Part IV: Doing Research on Your Practice. New Science for Psychotherapy: Can We Predict How Therapy Will Progress? Learning to Love Assessment: Today's Research Tools Can Help You Be a Better Therapist. Do-It-Yourself Research: The Practical Advantages of Studying Your Own Practice. Models for Evaluating Psychotherapy Practices and Community Mental Health Programs: Public Health Perspectives. Part V: Research in Psychology that Informs the Practice of Psychotherapy. Defending the Family: Beware of the Biogenetic Bandwagon. Aging: Fact and Fiction. Keys to Enhancing Performance. Beyond the Sugar Pill: Clarifying the Placebo Effect. Index.