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October 2021

Empirically supported treatments in psychology: Implications for Canadian professional psychology

Author(s): Dobson, K. S., Johnston, C., Mikail, S. F.

Journal/Book: Can Psychol Psychol Can. 1999; 40: 151 Slater St, Ste 205, Ottawa, Ontario K1P 5H3, Canada. Canadian Psychol Assoc. 289-302.

Abstract: In this article we examine several interconnected efforts to develop evidence-based practice in professional psychology. We first review the American Psychological Association's Division 12 Task Forces' development of criteria and listings for empirically supported psychological treatments. Next, we present related efforts to develop procedures to identify treatments that have established efficacy and to develop practice guidelines. The possible impact of these initiatives on Canadian professional psychology in the domains of training, credentialing, practice, and research are then examined. Finally, we present recommendations for steps that should be taken by Canadian psychology organizations to respond to these initiatives in order to ensure that psychological practice in Canada is optimally supported by scientific evidence.

Note: Article Hunsley J, Univ Ottawa, Sch Psychol, Ottawa, ON K1N 6N5, CANADA

Keyword(s): CLINICAL-PRACTICE; VALIDATED TREATMENTS; PRACTICE GUIDELINES; HEALTH-CARE; PSYCHOTHERAPY-RESEARCH; TREATMENT MANUALS; BEHAVIOR-THERAPY; SCIENCE; PRACTITIONERS; LIMITATIONS


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