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Unvalidated Therapies

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There is a current concern in psychology surrounding the promotion of unvalidated therapies. This is because empirical validation using randomized controlled trials is considered the measure of a valid therapy.

For example, the SRMHP Scientific Review of Mental Health Practice [1] is a publication exploring the issues involved in the spread of unvalidated or potentially pseudoscientific therapies. Concern includes the assertion that such unvalidated therapies encourage clients to forgo validated therapies, it brings the psychology field into disrepute, and increases the spread of misconceptions about the mind throughout society.

Such therapies include:


Lilienfeld.S.O. (2004) Science and pseudoscience in clinical psychology Lilienfeld S.O. Guilford Press ISBN 1593850700

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