One of the primary roles of research in the field of clinical psychology is to ensure that the treatment provided is based on the best and most current evidence available. A quick search in the Library for any therapy approach will yield thousands of articles on the effectiveness of that approach. Sometimes the study will focus on using the approach for a specific disorder, or perhaps with a certain population. All of these are important areas of focus. You will examine the early efforts to study the effectiveness of therapy, along with some of the key factors in conducting this research.
1. Begin by discussing the history and reasons for studying the effectiveness of therapy.
2. Describe how this led to the use of manualized therapy.
3. Discuss what is meant by evidence-based practices and their role in the field of clinical psychology.
4. Finally, describe efficacy and effectiveness in clinical research.