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What's 'competence'? Good question Ilene

Posted by badhaircut on August 11, 2004, at 14:52:45

In reply to Re: therapy debate gets 'raucous', posted by Ilene on August 11, 2004, at 13:46:32

> How do you evaluate the competence of a therapist?

Good question! I wonder if the "competent" therapists are simply those who have really good social skills, who are very responsive to subtle cues, and who genuinely enjoy other people. Folks who'd be "competent" in any field requiring a lot of tricky interpersonal navigation.

I wonder if therapists were required to post statistics like those used in the "competency" studies (what % of clients feel "much better" after # weeks or 1 year later; what % dropped out; what % say "He's a jerk!"; etc), would we consumers be better off?

Bruce Wampold, the psychologist in the article who said "therapist competence" is key, wrote a book on his competence research in 2001 called "The Great Psychotherapy Debate: Models, Methods, and Findings." It's available for download at netlibrary -- *free* if your local library subscribes:

It'll take me a while, but I really want to read it.

There's a pretty good review of the book on the American Family Therapy Academy web site:





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