Effectiveness of empirically supported psychological interventions

Jadwiga M. Rakowska


Empirically supported treatments are rigorously based on experimental research. Applicable implications of these treatments are limited due to low external validity. Naturalistic research is required to increase external validity. Two methodological strategies of clinical utility evaluation of such treatments in natural settings are discussed. A proposal for client-focused research as a means of providing a framework that could potentially be used by researchers and clinicians to evaluate the effects of treatment in routine clinical practice is presented.


empirically supported treatments; efficacy; effectiveness; clinical utility evaluation methods; client-focused research

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