What is Evidence-Based Practice? A Survey of Psychotherapy Service Providers and Leaders in Psychology About Evidence-Based Practice in Psychology

  • Jerry C. Middleton McGill University, Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology, Doctoral Student in Counselling Psychology
  • Christopher Kalogeropoulos McGill University, Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology, Doctoral Student in Counselling Psychology
  • Martin Drapeau McGill University, Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology and Department of Psychiatry, Associate Professor

Abstract

Despite the increased move towards evidence-based practice (EBP), the attitudes towards EBP of psychotherapy providers and of influential leaders in psychology remain underexplored. An online survey was distributed to licensed Canadian psychologists and psychotherapists (n = 684) and leaders (n = 32) in psychology. Leaders were comprised of authors of influential taskforce documents and published reports on EBP in North America, and leaders of psychology regulatory bodies. The survey explored demographics, professional practice characteristics, and attitudes of respondents to questions on psychotherapy practice from the tenets of EBP. Overall, both samples were found attitudinally to be favourably receptive to EBP tenets, although notable differences emerged. Recommendations for continued research into EBP are provided.

Author Biographies

Jerry C. Middleton, McGill University, Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology, Doctoral Student in Counselling Psychology

Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology
Doctoral Student

Christopher Kalogeropoulos, McGill University, Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology, Doctoral Student in Counselling Psychology
Department of Educational and Counselling PsychologyDoctoral Student
Martin Drapeau, McGill University, Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology and Department of Psychiatry, Associate Professor
Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology and Department of PsychiatryAssociate Professor
Published
2020-02-06
How to Cite
MiddletonJ. C., KalogeropoulosC., & DrapeauM. (2020). What is Evidence-Based Practice? A Survey of Psychotherapy Service Providers and Leaders in Psychology About Evidence-Based Practice in Psychology. Canadian Journal of Counselling and Psychotherapy, 54(1), 22-49. Retrieved from https://cjc-rcc.ucalgary.ca/article/view/61212
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