Improved treatment outcome associated with the shift to empirically supported treatments in a graduate training clinic

Kelly C. Cukrowicz, Bradley A. White, Lorraine R. Reitzel, Andrea B. Burns, Kimberly A. Driscoll, Therese S. Kemper, Thomas E. Joiner

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Abstract

There has been an increase in recent years in the use of empirically supported treatments (ESTs) for a variety of mental disorders. This study was an investigation of the impact of standardized use of ESTs in an outpatient community clinic. Clients treated prior to and those treated after the implementation of this policy were compared. The results indicate significant group differences, with the improvement ratings of the group receiving ESTs surpassing those of the group receiving unsupported treatment. Support for the use of ESTs indicates that patients may be best served if therapists rely primarily on these treatments.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)330-337
Number of pages8
JournalProfessional Psychology: Research and Practice
Volume36
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2005

Keywords

  • Empirically supported treatments
  • Empirically validated treatments
  • Graduate training
  • Treatment outcome

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