This book offers a rigorous examination of a variety of therapeutic, assessment, and diagnostic techniques in clinical psychology, focusing on practices that are popular and influential but lack a solid grounding in empirical research. Featuring chapters from leading clinical researchers, the text helps professionals and students evaluate the merits of novel and controversial techniques and differentiate between those that can stand up to scientific scrutiny and those that cannot. Reviewed are widely used therapies for alcoholism, infantile autism, and ADHD; the use of EMDR in the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder; herbal remedies for depression and anxiety; suggestive techniques for memory recovery; and self-help models. Other topics covered include issues surrounding psychological expert testimony, the uses and abuses of projective assessment techniques, and unanswered questions about dissociative identity disorder. Offering a balanced, constructive review of available research, each accessibly written chapter concludes with a glossary of key terms. Timothy Anderson, Ohio University, Athens, OH.
Laura Arnstein, State University of New York at Binghamton, Binghamton, NY. Patricia Boyle, Brown University, Providence, RI. Howard N. Garb, Be
"At last - a book that pulls no punches, names names, and isn't afraid to portray junk science for what it is. This will be invaluable reading for anyone in the mental health professions and an essential reference for students." - Harrison G. Pope, Jr., MD, Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School, USA "This unique and timely book may avert the advent of the Dark Ages into which the discipline of psychotherapy seems to be heading. By clearly articulating the fundamental differences between 'science' and 'pseudoscience', it forewarns that anecdotes are not evidence, and demonstrates how to separate fact from conjecture. I cannot think of anyone who would not benefit from a thorough perusal of its contents, but it is particularly essential reading for those conducting any form of counseling or psychotherapy." - Arnold A. Lazarus, PhD, ABPP, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Psychology, Rutgers University "This superb volume is an instant classic and one of the most important books published in the last 20 years in psychology or law....[It] provides a much needed antidote to the epidemic of pseudoscience that has too often stained the integrity of the mental health and legal systems. Mental health professionals, lawyers and judges should all view these chapters as essential information for basic professional competence." - R. Christopher Barden, PhD, JD, LP, President, National Association for Consumer Protection in Mental Health