On Saying No: Evidence Based Practice and the Hijacking of the Empirical

Advances in Descriptive Psychology, Vol. 9, p. 405, September 2010

22 Pages Posted: 11 Feb 2014  

Wynn Schwartz

Harvard University; William James College

Date Written: 2010

Abstract

Poorly framed descriptions of psychotherapy serve as a pretext for the requirement that the efficacy of therapy requires demonstration through randomized control trials. Such restriction involves an inadequate conceptualization of the nature of psychotherapeutic engagement but is an understandable reaction to the conceptual confusion that continues to exist in most theories of psychotherapy. Descriptive Psychology is offered as a partial antidote to this problematic state of affairs.

Keywords: Psychotherapy, Evidence Based Practice, Randomized Control Designs, Psychoanalysis, Descriptive Psychology

Suggested Citation

Schwartz, Wynn, On Saying No: Evidence Based Practice and the Hijacking of the Empirical (2010). Advances in Descriptive Psychology, Vol. 9, p. 405, September 2010. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2393692

Wynn Schwartz (Contact Author)

Harvard University ( email )

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Cambridge, MA 02138
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William James College ( email )

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Newton, MA 02459
United States

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