Implementation of Evidence-Based Practice Precepts in Psychotherapy and Recommendations for Research and Practice

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https://doi.org/10.47634/cjcp.v55i4.71195

Abstract

This brief report addresses the attitudes of psychotherapy providers and North American psychology regulatory leaders toward evidence-based practice (EBP) precepts as applied to their psychotherapy practices. Secondary descriptive analyses of a two-phase survey concerning these attitudes of Canadian psychotherapy providers (n = 684) and psychology regulatory leaders (n = 32) were undertaken to inform the perceived utility and implementation of EBP precepts within psychotherapy practices. Results indicated that while there is general agreement among attitudes toward EBP precepts as applied to the routine clinical practices of psychotherapy providers and leaders, they are nuanced depending on the EBP tenet in question. Results are situated within the extant empirical literature on the EBP of psychotherapy in particular and of psychology more broadly, with recommendations for future research provided. While the zeitgeist is alive and well for the uptake of EBP in psychotherapy practice, important challenges remain for its advancement and implementation.

Author Biographies

Jerry C. Middleton, McGill University

Jerry C. Middleton is a doctoral student of counselling psychology in the Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology at McGill University. His research interests include the attitudes of psychotherapy providers toward psychotherapy research and understanding clinically relevant knowledge sources.

Michelle Azzi, McGill University

Michelle Azzi is a doctoral student of counselling psychology in the Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology at McGill University. Her research interests include studying psychotherapists’ clinical decision-making processes and the application of evidence-based practice in psychotherapy.

Martin Drapeau, McGill University

Martin Drapeau is a professor of counselling psychology and psychiatry at McGill University and a co-director of the Science and Practice in Professional Psychology research team. His research interests are in psychotherapy process, techniques, and outcome and in practice guidelines and best practices.

Published

2022-01-18

How to Cite

Middleton, J. C., Azzi, M., & Drapeau, M. (2022). Implementation of Evidence-Based Practice Precepts in Psychotherapy and Recommendations for Research and Practice. Canadian Journal of Counselling and Psychotherapy, 55(4), 497–511. https://doi.org/10.47634/cjcp.v55i4.71195

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Brief Report/ Rapport sommaire