Reconciling Empirical Knowledge and Clinical Experience: The Art and Science of Psychotherapy
The art and science of psychotherapy requires both intuitive knowledge and empirical discipline. Therapists are artists, even mavericks. Researchers are scientists. Therapists do not want to be restricted in their treatment of patients. Researchers labor diligently within the strictures of the rules of empiricism: Hypotheses must be tested, refined, and retested, often repeatedly. The researchers' findings must be generalizable to populations outside the original test. The therapist works with individual clients and often must trust instinct in the fine-tuning each patient's treatment.
In Reconciling Empirical Knowledge and Clinical Experience: The Art and Science of Psychotherapy, scientist-practitioners reflect on their efforts to combine these disparate ways of knowing their own work. The contributors to this captivating volume share their successes,and their failures at balancing research with practice. This book is indispensable reading for all scientist-practitioners as well as anyone working in the social sciences who has experienced.