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1 Evaluating Therapies Module 54
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2 Evaluating Therapies To whom do people turn for help with psychological  difficulties? Community mental health specialists  provide the largest outpatient psychotherapy.
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3 Evaluating Psychotherapies Within psychotherapies cognitive therapies are  most widely used, followed by psychoanalytic and  family/group therapies. 
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Researchers have sought to answer the question, “Does psychotherapy work?” Generally speaking, the answer seems to be: A. yes, people in therapy improve more than people in control groups. B. yes, but people in therapy improve at the same rate as people who are receiving placebo treatments. C. no, therapy does not provide any benefits; people who just let time pass improve at the same rate as people in therapy. D. no one really knows, because so far the only method used to answer this question has been interviewing former therapy clients.
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The effectiveness of psychotherapy shows little if any connection to: A. the level of training and experience of the therapist. B. the length of time a client has experienced symptoms of disorder prior to therapy. C. the particular disorder experienced by a client. D. the extent to which the process depends on changing clients’ personalities.
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6 Client’s Perceptions If you ask clients about their experiences of getting into  therapy, they always overestimate its effectiveness.  Critics however remain skeptical.
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