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The Great Psychotherapy Debate: The Evidence for What Makes Psychotherapy Work, Second Edition
Wampold, Bruce E. and Zac E. Imel
Psychology Press / Softcover / 2015-02-01 / 0805857095
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The second edition of The Great Psychotherapy Debate has been updated and revised to expand the presentation of the Contextual Model, which is derived from a scientific understanding of how humans heal in a social context and explains findings from a vast array of psychotherapies studies. This model provides a compelling alternative to traditional research on psychotherapy, which tends to focus on identifying the most effective treatment for particular disorders through emphasizing the specific ingredients of treatment. The new edition also includes a history of healing practices, medicine, and psychotherapy, an examination of therapist effects, and a thorough review of the research on common factors such as the alliance, expectations, and empathy.


"The Great Psychotherapy Debate is one, if not the most, important book ever published about psychotherapy. Whether at the beginning, middle, or end of one's career, it is a must read."

—Scott D. Miller, PhD, director of the International Center for Clinical Excellence

"The first edition of The Great Psychotherapy Debate served as a gauge tossed at the feet of the prevailing medical model of psychotherapy. Professor Wampold cogently brought together the literature in the area and provided a compelling option to the empirically supported movement. As a result there has been a wealth of research examining important issues pertaining to treatment effects. The second edition is a marked improvement over the first in its inclusion and thoughtful summary of the research in the area, providing an accessible summary of what we know and what needs to be examined. The scope is broad, covering both theoretical subtleties as well as sophisticated empirical analyses. It is written to serve both the skilled psychotherapy researcher as well as advanced students in the field. An extremely important book!"

—Terence J. G. Tracey, PhD, ABPP, professor and faculty head of the counseling and counseling psychology program at Arizona State University.

"The first edition of this book was a seminal publication that helped to organize vitally important information regarding the effects of psychotherapy. The second edition not only updates this work with the most contemporary research, but it also extends the discussion on the effects of psychotherapy along several different pathways and offers important implications for the future of the field. As such, I believe this book should be required reading for graduate students as well as anyone conducting psychotherapy research or implementing institutional policies regarding the delivery of psychotherapy."

—Mark Hilsenroth, PhD, professor at Adelphi University.

Table of Contents:

Preface 1. History of Medicine, Methods and Psychotherapy: Progress and Omissions 2. The Contextual Model: Psychotherapy as a Socially Situated Healing Practice 3. Contextual Model Versus Medical Model: Choosing a Progressive Research Programme 4. Absolute Efficacy: The Benefits of Psychotherapy Established by Meta-analysis 5. Relative Efficacy: The Dodo Bird Still Gets It 6. Therapist Effects: An Ignored by Critical Factor 7. General Effects: Surviving Challenges and Anticipating Additional Evidence 8: Specific Effects: Where Are They? 9. Beyond the Debate: Implications of the Research Synthesis for Theory, Policy, and Practice

About the Authors:

Bruce E. Wampold, PhD, ABPP, is the Patricia L. Wolleat Professor of Counseling Psychology at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and director of the Research Institute at Modum Bad Psychiatric Center in Vikersund, Norway.

Zac E. Imel, PhD, is an assistant professor with the counseling psychology program in the department of educational psychology and an adjunct assistant professor in the department of psychiatry at the University of Utah.

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