Psych 311 Psychotherapy essay

Psych 311 Psychotherapy essay - Psychotherapy Essay Caitlin...

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Psychotherapy Essay Caitlin Dekker In his article on the need for psychotherapy in the treatment of ADHD, James Jones employs the conventional assumption of objectivism. Objectivism is the belief that biases must be eliminated and, as such, therapists should not impose their values on their clients. Objectivism continues in the idea that evidence based practices confirmed by the scientific method are the only way to effectively understand the natural or objective world. While discussing the importance of psychotherapy in treating ADHD, Jones explicitly reveals this assumption of objectivism. He states, “It has been empirically established that we all have unconscious processes that affect our thoughts, feelings, and motivations. These same processes no doubt affect the development and expression of symptoms” (Jones 14). Through his use of the phrase “empirically established”, Jones assumes that the scientific method has validated the use of psychotherapy since we all have unconscious processes that can lead to certain symptoms. Because psychotherapy has been empirically “proven” to be effective, Jones feels that it is
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This note was uploaded on 12/07/2011 for the course PSYCH 311 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '08 term at BYU.

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