Module 53 - Module 53: Evaluating Psychotherapies...

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Module 53: Evaluating Psychotherapies Psychotherapy: an emotionally charged, confiding interaction between a trained therapist and someone who suffers from psychological difficulties. Is Psychotherapy Effective? Clients’ Perceptions Reasons why clients tend to overestimate the effective… - people often enter therapy in crisis - clients may need to believe the therapy was worth the effort (time and expense) - clients generally speak kindly of their therapists (try to find positive things to say) Research has not upheld client’s views of therapy’s effectiveness. Clinicians’ Perceptions Why clinicians tend to overestimate the effectiveness of psychotherapy… - clients enter therapy when unhappy, - leave it when they are less unhappy - stay in touch only if satisfied with the treatment they received clinicians are mostly aware of other therapists’ failures, not their own. 2 phenomena contributing to clients’ and clinicians’ misperceptions of effectiveness of psychotherapy… Placebo effect: belief a treatment will work
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