Patricia C. Dowds
David G. Byrom
Family Therapy Institute of Suffolk
TRUTH OR FICTION?
1. About 80% of people benefit from being in any kind of therapy, 2. There are common factors to all the different schools of therapy, 3. The common factors are more important to patient change than the type of therapy chosen. 4. There are over sixty years of research on psychotherapeutic outcome. 5. Effectiveness of treatment is not attributable to any particular school. 6. — The therapeutic relationship is more important to positive outcome than any technique factor. 7. — Eighty-five percent of change is related to factors other than technique. 8. Relationship development skills are crucial to positive outcome. 9. Therapy must be collaborative to be effective. 10. — You can create a “map” of all the community and systemic forces around an individual or family. 11. The client must be a partner in goal setting for successful outcome. 12. — You can determine-whether a family needs crisis intervention, short term treatment, or long-term treatment before you begin treatment. 13. You can learn therapeutic questioning. 14. Patient skills enhancement can be an important part of treatment. 15. — Termination is a stage of change.
We looked over our 1,248 books on psychotherapy. The majority of them espouse different treatment orientations with different techniques. We checked the research; there are literally hundreds of orientations (four hundred at last count), and not many of them are in agreement.