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How to reform psychology – washingtonpost.com

December 8, 2009

An article in the Washington Post about the necessity for regulationof the mental health professions.

The practice of clinical psychology — which includes psychotherapy — is akin to medicine as it was practiced a century ago. For at least 2,000-years, medicine was locked in a struggle between those who viewed it as an art and those who saw it as a science. Until the last century, most medical practitioners were guided by intuition and tradition, not by science. Healers commonly used ineffective and often injurious practices such as blistering, purging and bleeding. Such techniques were used year after year, and century after century, with physicians firmly convinced that they were helping their patients.ad_iconWhile psychologists certainly do not use such harmful practices, a similar dynamic appears to be at work in clinical psychology today. Many psychotherapists openly state that scientific research is largely irrelevant to their practice.

via Timothy Baker, Richard McFall and Varda Shoham — How to reform psychology – washingtonpost.com.

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