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

  • Lauren Brookman-Frazee
  • Ann F. Garland
  • Robin Taylor
  • Rachel Zoffness
Original Paper


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.


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


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Lauren Brookman-Frazee
    • 1
  • Ann F. Garland
    • 1
  • Robin Taylor
    • 1
  • Rachel Zoffness
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Psychiatry, Child & Adolescent Services Research Center at Rady Children’s Hospital-San DiegoUniversity of CaliforniaSan DiegoUSA

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