Goldfried, Marvin R.; Wolfe, Barry E.
American Psychologist, Vol 51(10), Oct 1996, 1007-1016.
Although the gap between psychotherapy practice and research has been present for some time, recent pressures for accountability from outside the system—managed health care and biological psychiatry—necessitate that we take steps to close this gap. One such step has been for psychotherapy researchers to specify a list of empirically validated therapy. However, as researchers who also have a strong alliance to clinical practice, we are concerned that the conceptual and methodological constraints associated with outcome research may become clinical constraints for the practicing therapist. We firmly believe that, more than ever before, the time is ripe for us to develop a new outcome research paradigm that involves an active collaboration between researcher and practicing clinician.
This article was published in 1996 and the authors took measures to say there was “pressure” to be accountable for the psychotherapy they were selling, Their concern is that research will place constraints on clinical practice?
What do you think that actually means? While the authors thought, in 1996, that the time was “ripe” to do so what happened that it didn’t get done?