Chapter 10. A ‘snapshot’ review: Constructive critique as a core practitioner skill

[Introduction to “Outcome Measures and Evaluation in Counselling and Psychotherapy”, created 20/5/21, work in progress until book launch. Do not make use of anything you find here until this warning disappears after the launch.]

Headings

  • SECTION 1: DOMINANT MYTHS
    • Myth 1: ‘we know what works for whom and just need to hone this’
      • Myth 1(a): the ‘we know, we don’t need OMs’ argument
      • Myth 1(b): the ‘we know, we don’t need ROM’ argument
    • Myth 2: ‘only randomised controlled trial evidence ascribes causality: that is what we need and all we need’
      • Myth 2(a): randomisation gives causal attribution
      • Myth 2(b): efficacy findings generalise to routine practice
    • Myth 3: ‘there are lies, damned lies and statistics’ and ‘I can prove anything by statistics except the truth’
  • SECTION 2: THERE ARE NO PERFECT MODELS AND NO PERFECT OM DATA: CREATING CONSTRUCTIVE DISCUSSION
  • SECTION 3: CONSTRUCTING WISE DISCUSSIONS OF OM DATA
    • Accepting incompleteness
      • 1. Viewpoints: perspective and position
      • 2. Omissions and incomplete data
      • 3. Descriptive quality
    • Reliability and validity
      • Reliability
      • Validity
    • Avoiding the war of words and honing abstruse words into sharp swords
    • Using the (metaphorical) internet to put the photo in context
    • Equipoise in clinical and research setting
  • SUMMARY AND FINAL CONCLUSION