Future Directions in Evidence-Based Youth Psychotherapy in the Mental Health Ecosystem

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CE Credit: 1.25

Length: 1 hour 15 minutes

Five decades of randomized trials research have produced dozens of evidence-based psychotherapies for youths. These psychotherapies produce respectable effects in traditional efficacy trials, but the effects shrink markedly when tested in practice contexts with clinically referred youths and compared to standard clinical care. The presenter considers why this might be the case, examines relevant research literature, and recommends strategies for future research.

Learning Objective
Explain the difference in efficacy of evidence-based psychotherapies for youth in research settings compared to standard care in clinical practice.

Presenter: John R. Weisz, PhD

Weitz Dr. Weisz is a Professor of Psychology at Harvard University. His research involves development and testing of interventions for youth mental health problems, as well as meta-analyses and systematic reviews characterizing and critiquing the science of youth mental health care. His most recent work involves development and testing of transdiagnostic approaches to youth psychotherapy, including treatment that uses modular design and treatment guided by a small number of broad principles of psychological change. His books include Psychotherapy for children and adolescents: Evidence-based treatments and case examples (Cambridge University Press) and Evidence-based psychotherapies for children and adolescents (Co-edited with Alan Kazdin; Guilford Press).

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