A recent article authored by famed Dr Jonathan Shedler, titled "Selling Bad Therapy to Trauma Victims", makes a bold and critical statement detailing the issues surrounding foundational problems with Randomised-Controlled Trials in psychological research. This was in response to recent guidelines for treating psychological trauma by the American Psychological Association.
Dr Shedler advised that "patients and therapists would be wise to ignore them". Hear what he has to say in his compelling arguments, and as a practising psychologist and critical reader, I'd recommend this article to anyone who does work or consistently treats individuals suffering trauma.
Find the article here:
Have a gander and do reflect on our own psychological practice. A kind reminder to read and be critical, and not be judgmental (if you can).
Understand the practice of psychology, and its limits and boundaries.
Question what we read and always read critically. Reflect on what's useful.
Improve your eyesight, your psychotherapeutic eyesight (and your view of clinical diagnosis). Pun intended.
An invitation to attend: Explore the complex systems that influence and govern our thinking and our work.
Some crucial updates available online now!
It's taken a while, but here it is. The latest from my own research on Attachment and Substance Dependence in Psychotherapy Relationships - an abstract.