Original Paper

Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research

, Volume 36, Issue 1, pp 1-12

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Therapists’ Attitudes Towards Psychotherapeutic Strategies in Community-Based Psychotherapy with Children with Disruptive Behavior Problems

  • Lauren Brookman-FrazeeAffiliated withDepartment of Psychiatry, Child & Adolescent Services Research Center at Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego, University of California Email author 
  • , Ann F. GarlandAffiliated withDepartment of Psychiatry, Child & Adolescent Services Research Center at Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego, University of California
  • , Robin TaylorAffiliated withDepartment of Psychiatry, Child & Adolescent Services Research Center at Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego, University of California
  • , Rachel ZoffnessAffiliated withDepartment of Psychiatry, Child & Adolescent Services Research Center at Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego, University of California

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Abstract

Little is known about what individual treatment strategies therapists providing usual care psychotherapy consider the most valuable to their practice. The Therapeutic Strategies Survey (TSS) assesses therapists’ attitudes about the value of 27 individual treatment strategies in their practice with children with disruptive behavior problems in community-based outpatient psychotherapy. Findings indicate that therapists from multiple professional disciplines highly value many individual psychotherapeutic strategies, and consider strategies common to a majority of evidence-based practices (EBPs) for this population at least as important as strategies not emphasized in EBPs. Implications for developing therapist training and implementation of EBPs are discussed.

Keywords

Children’s mental health services Therapist attitudes Psychotherapy strategies Evidence-based practices