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  • Society for a Science of Clinical Psychology - Member public profile
    Poster Award Previous winners Dissertation Grant Award Previous winners Outstanding Student Researcher Award Previous winners Outstanding Student Teacher Award Previous winners Outstanding student clinician award Student Clinican Award Previous Winners Membership Membership application Why join SSCP How to renew Membership discounts Multi year discounts International discount Program Discount Newsletter Announcements Recent Announcements Newsletter Useful resources Internship directory and survey Professional Training and Employment Clinical Science Links SSCP APS Psychological Science

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  • Society for a Science of Clinical Psychology - SSCP Programming at APS
    winners Dissertation Grant Award Previous winners Outstanding Student Researcher Award Previous winners Outstanding Student Teacher Award Previous winners Outstanding student clinician award Student Clinican Award Previous Winners Membership Membership application Why join SSCP How to renew Membership discounts Multi year discounts International discount Program Discount Newsletter Announcements Recent Announcements Newsletter Useful resources Internship directory and survey Professional Training and Employment Clinical Science Links SSCP APS Psychological Science Career Mentorship Match

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  • Society for a Science of Clinical Psychology - Winners of the SSCP Outstanding Student Teacher Award
    renew Membership discounts Multi year discounts International discount Program Discount Newsletter Announcements Recent Announcements Newsletter Useful resources Internship directory and survey Professional Training and Employment Clinical Science Links SSCP APS Psychological Science Career Mentorship Match For members Members only content Board Notes SSCP Listserv Back to list Winners of the SSCP Outstanding Student Teacher Award 09 Jan 2015 4 25 PM SSCP Webmaster Administrator We would like to announce the

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  • Society for a Science of Clinical Psychology - Response to "After PTSD, More Trauma"
    Trauma 19 Jan 2015 4 46 PM SSCP Webmaster Administrator David Morris After PTSD More Trauma Sunday Review January 19 2015 courageously shares his struggles in overcoming posttraumatic stress disorder PTSD and describes his negative experiences with prolonged exposure PE treatment There is a critical element missing from Mr Morris account and it could reasonably explain why he withdrew from treatment An axiomatic principle of PE as commonly delivered is a gradual build up to the more distressing treatment components This process allows clients to develop the coping skills needed to progress in therapy Just as one should build up to the full distance when preparing for a marathon one must typically build up to the more demanding aspects of treatment when undergoing PE The efficacy of exposure therapies for a wide range of problems ranging from phobias to PTSD is supported by decades of research Although treatment may have been delivered improperly in Mr Morris case it is at least equally plausible that he is in the minority of clients who experience a short term symptom worsening following PE Studies have shown that such exacerbation is unrelated to negative treatment outcomes and that most clients who experience this worsening

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  • Society for a Science of Clinical Psychology - The Lasting Benefits of Cognitive-Behavior Therapy
    trials conducted over the past five decades that document the effectiveness of this approach for many of the disorders listed in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders DSM In two year or longer follow up studies for treatment trials for many forms of mental illness clients treated with CBT remain as well as or in some cases better than they were when treatment ended Indeed data suggest that in contrast to medication CBT has lasting benefits that extend beyond the intervention itself Further when compared with some traditional psychotherapies such as psychodynamic therapies treatments influenced by the theories and techniques of Freud and his followers CBT is consistently associated with better outcomes for mood anxiety and eating disorders Finally because CBT is a short term treatment sufferers of psychological distress can enjoy relief far more rapidly than with most other psychotherapies Some proponents of traditional psychotherapies have long asserted that CBT merely provides a quick fix because the root causes of the illness are not resolved clients supposedly remain at risk for re developing the same mental illness or related problems This criticism overlooks a critical point CBT is based on theories of mental illness that emphasize different causes than those depicted in traditional psychotherapies As a result the components of mental illness targeted in treatment with CBT are the root causes but these are not the same as those targeted in other treatments such as psychodynamic therapy For example a client seeking CBT for depression may be assisted in identifying and changing specific patterns of thinking that promote depressed mood That is because the theory underlying CBT suggests that thinking style itself is a root cause of depression In contrast this same client might begin a quest to identify specific unconscious conflicts that give rise to depression while undergoing psychodynamic therapy The difference in these root causes is also the difference in the time for treatment With CBT treatment relief would typically require three to four months whereas treatment with psychodynamic psychotherapies would commonly require one or more years Further research has consistently failed to support the assertion that failure to address the root causes proposed by psychodynamic psychotherapies will lead to a re emergence of symptoms or the development of other symptoms When we consider the best research evidence rather than which theory feels right the findings are compellingly in favor of CBT As with all treatments psychological or otherwise some individuals will not benefit fully On balance however CBT has been found to be superior to traditional psychotherapies at least for mood anxiety and eating disorders Let s now return to James strong criticisms of CBT Contrary to Mr James claim extensive evidence shows clearly that children and adults treated with CBT for anxiety and depression typically remain well at 2 year follow up and several studies demonstrate that improvement is maintained as long as six years after treatment Moreover contrary to Mr James assertion CBT is consistently superior to placebo in treating anxiety and

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  • Society for a Science of Clinical Psychology - Equine assisted psychotherapy lacks research support as a treatment for mental illness
    Berg noted that her study will compare traditional talk therapy with EAP and that preliminary results indicate favorable outcomes for those in EAP but not the comparison condition The meaning of traditional talk therapy however was unclear Many treatments with varying levels of scientific support could be referred to as talk therapy and the degree to which they are considered traditional probably depends upon who is being asked In this sense EAP is being compared with an unknown entity and the degree to which evidence exists supporting these or other approaches in the treatment of adolescents with conduct problems went unmentioned The importance of these points is highlighted by a recent review article that noted that no controlled studies demonstrate EAP is effective and or efficacious in the treatment of any mental illness http onlinelibrary wiley com doi 10 1002 jclp 22113 abstract Nevertheless the lack of research support for EAP was not acknowledged let alone discussed in the podcast Furthermore studies that examine the efficacy of EAP and related approaches are plagued by a variety of design flaws e g lack of comparison group lack of diagnostic information lack of long term follow up that render their results impossible to interpret These studies fall far below the threshold of scientific integrity necessary for a treatment to be considered evidence based That threshold has been clearly outlined with respect to adults http www div12 org PsychologicalTreatments index html as well as children and adolescents http www effectivechildtherapy com As Dr Berg correctly noted in the podcast costs associated with the upkeep and administration of EAP can be high and need to be justified We would take this point a step further by noting the importance of opportunity costs When individuals with mental illnesses are directed away from treatments with strong

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  • Society for a Science of Clinical Psychology - Home
    resources Internship directory and survey Professional Training and Employment Clinical Science Links SSCP APS Psychological Science Career Mentorship Match For members Members only content Board Notes SSCP Listserv Welcome About us The Society for a Science of Clinical Psychology SSCP was established in 1966 Its purpose is to affirm and continue to promote the integration of the scientist and the practitioner in training research and applied endeavors Its members represent a diversity of interests and theoretical orientations across clinical psychology The common bond of the membership is a commitment to empirical research and the ideal that scientific principles should play a role in training practice and establishing public policy for health and mental health concerns SSCP has organizational affiliations with both the American Psychological Association Section III of Division 12 and the Association for Psychological Science Those who are interested in a more detailed history of the society should read A Voice for Science in Clinical Psychology The History of Section III of Division 12 by Thomas F Oltmanns and Leonard Krasner 1993 Students will also want to explore the students section Looking to renew your membership Click here News and updates 2015 SSCP Lawrence H Cohen Outstanding Mentor Award

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  • Society for a Science of Clinical Psychology - All Media Posts
    related approaches are plagued by a variety of design flaws e g lack of comparison group lack of diagnostic information lack of long term follow up that render their results impossible to interpret These studies fall far below the threshold of scientific integrity necessary for a treatment to be considered evidence based That threshold has been clearly outlined with respect to adults http www div12 org PsychologicalTreatments index html as well as children and adolescents http www effectivechildtherapy com As Dr Berg correctly noted in the podcast costs associated with the upkeep and administration of EAP can be high and need to be justified We would take this point a step further by noting the importance of opportunity costs When individuals with mental illnesses are directed away from treatments with strong empirical evidence and towards untested treatments that are associated with sweeping claims these individuals are vulnerable to a longer duration of symptoms and to the financial costs of additional required treatment These individuals are also less likely to seek out treatment after a failed course of ineffective intervention further compounding the opportunity cost Although Dr Berg noted the importance of establishing an evidence base to support coverage of EAP by insurance companies compelling research support is needed to justify the presence of EAP in the treatment marketplace in the first place Treatment centers offering EAP should therefore be required to note the lack of evidence supporting their approach as well as the overwhelming research support for other treatment modalities for specific mental illnesses Future research may demonstrate that EAP is markedly effective in treating specific conditions in specific populations Until then it is vital that advocates of EAP test their assumptions and provide explicit disclaimers to clients regarding the experimental nature of the treatment and the current lack of scientific support for its use The authors including lead author Dr Michael Anestis are members of the Public Education and Media Committee which is part of the Society for a Science of Clinical Psychology SSCP SSCP is Section III of Division 12 of the American Psychological Association APA and an organizational affiliate of the Association of Psychological Science APS but we are writing on behalf of SSCP not APA or APS Read more Time Gets it Wrong on Time Out 29 Sep 2014 10 46 AM SSCP Webmaster Administrator In a Time magazine article published on September 23 2014 Daniel Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson http time com 3404701 discipline time out is not good report that time out a widely used behaviorally based approach to discipline for children has indirect harmful consequences on social development They assert that time out exerts this effect by producing social isolation Siegel and Bryson go on to suggest that time out is generally ineffective as a disciplinary strategy because children do not develop any skills when this method is used The Society for a Science of Clinical Psychology SSCP takes issue with their conclusions contends that their assertions overlook two extremely important features of behavioral treatment and are in contrast to a large body of empirical support for time out First time out does not imply social isolation In fact when properly implemented time out involves the presence of a caregiver but requires that other activities the child might find rewarding are unavailable for the duration of time out This practice is in keeping with the origin of the term which is time out from reinforcement or reward Siegel and Bryson argue that time out sends an implicit message to the child of I m only interested in being with you and being there for you when you ve got it all together In contrast we maintain that when properly administered the message is quite different and closer to I m here regardless of what you do and look forward to rewarding you for your successes Decades of controlled research has shown that programs based on behavior management techniques including time out are highly effective and have no adverse effects Second time out should never be a stand alone intervention Any properly developed program of behavior management includes copious opportunities for reward and discipline applied only when absolutely necessary Further the proper implementation of time out implies that there is time in wherein the child has opportunities for reward During time in the caregiver has a responsibility to ensure that the child can be rewarded for doing well and for progressing in learning new tasks The caregiver can create the opportunities for children to obtain these rewards In addition to the above two points Siegel and Bryson assert that time out makes children angrier and less capable of regulating their emotions This claim is contrary to the findings from numerous well controlled studies showing the opposite that time out is in fact a useful means of helping children better manage their emotional states However it is again only in the context of a comprehensive approach to behavioral management That is what happens after time out is over is just as important as implementing time out It is here that caregivers can provide guidance to ensure that time out is implemented sparingly We are alarmed at how time out has been mischaracterized by Siegel and Bryson The efficacy of comprehensive behavioral programs on children has been well established and is a true success story in psychological treatment Erroneous claims and reliance on assessments of reactions to time out out of context from a full program of treatment can steer well meaning parents away from an otherwise acceptable effective and compassionate approach to child behavior management Parents who wish to find resources that present time out as part of a full program of behavior management should consider consulting Alan Kazdin s The Everyday Parenting Toolkit We agree with Siegel and Bryson that social isolation is detrimental to children However with proper implementation there are no harmful effects of time out because it does not involve social isolation Behavioral management has a decades long record of

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