Why an evidence-based practice is the best way forward in psychotherapy!

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by Karl A. Peuser, MA, PhD.

The best decisions are evidence-based. Not experience. Not gut feelings, but real, hard evidence. In so many aspects of our lives, we think nothing of expecting others to base their decisions on evidence.

When you take your car into the shop, do you want your mechanic making decisions on how to repair your automobile based upon his gut feelings? Or do you want your stock broker making decisions about your financial investments based upon her/his gut feelings? Most people want such decisions to be evidence-based.

For psychotherapy, this means using the best research findings to make therapeutic decisions. Using intuition to determine the progress a client is making defeats the purpose of having an evidence-based practice. Using objective forms of ongoing assessment allows the clinician to monitor client progress and make credible evaluations of the efficacy of the treatment protocol, as well determine whether changes are needed or if the therapeutic goals have been achieved. Put another way, the systematic measurement of outcomes makes any therapeutic intervention evidence based.

MyOutcomes with its Feedback-Informed Treatment (FIT) measurement tools is listed in SAMHSA's National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices. It is there because a large body of research has demonstrated an increase in the effectiveness of treatment while simultaneously reporting reduced dropoutdeterioration rates and reduced service delivery costs. The FIT psychotherapy approach in all types of therapy including telehealth therapy has been successfully implemented in a wide variety of service settings, with diverse clinical populations, all over the world. MyOutcomes has over three million sessions, which makes our software more desired than any other clinical measure.