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Telling the good from the bad: Factors to look for in evaluating research
There are a wealth of studies that are published everyday, some that come with their own press releases and PR campaign. Some you hear about on the evening news, while other just-as-important research collects dust in a peer-reviewed journal. What makes good research so good, and how can ordinary folks tell? This article delves into the differences between good, solid research studies, and poorly constructed, bad studies, and lets you know what to look for to tell the difference.
http://psychcentral.com/archives/evaluating_research.htm - 11-Feb-2004 - Hits: 236 - Rate This | Details
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http://www.thecarlatreport.com/ - 22-Dec-2004 - Hits: 502 - Rate This | Details
The Patient-Therapist Relationship: Choosing a Therapist
The relationship between the patient and his or her therapist is very important to the patient's well-being. There has to be a good rapport between the two. Like any good relationship, there must be a match.
This is Part 1 in a series of three articles on the patient-therapist relationship. The first part deals with how to choose amongst the kinds of therapists and mental health professionals available. The second part looks at professionalism within the patient-therapist relationship. The third part discusses knowing when to end a patient-therapist relationship.
http://psychcentral.com/newsletter/issue002/patient_therapist_a.htm - 22-Dec-2004 - Hits: 470 - Rate This | Details
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http://psychcentral.com/newsletter/ - 22-Dec-2004 - Hits: 519 - Rate This | Details
THE SEVEN WARNING SIGNS OF VOODOO SCIENCE
Robert L. Park, Ph.D. and the Seven Warning Signs of Voodoo Science (Wikipedia article).
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Voodoo_science - 1-Jan-2006 - Hits: 388 - Rate This | Details
The Transformational Power of Film — Using Movies in Therapy
This article, written by Birgit Wolz, Ph.D., MFT, describes cinematherapy (or film therapy). "In cinema therapy, clients are guided to use the psychological effects of film imagery, plot, music, etc. for insight, inspiration, emotional release or relief and natural change. This therapeutic modality is an innovative method based on traditional therapeutic principles, and on bibliotherapy, which has been practiced since the 1930s."
http://www.cinematherapy.com/birgitarticles/transformationalpower.html - 13-Aug-2003 - Hits: 628 - Rate This | Details
This is a War
This website lists different forms of problems, issues and how to help deal with them.
http://thisisawar.com/ - 22-Aug-2006 - Hits: 114 - Rate This | Details
Thomas Szasz on the Medicalization of American life
Thomas Szasz is featured in an in-depth July, 2000 interview with Reason magazine. An excellent read for anyone who is a fan or wants to learn more about Szasz.
http://reason.com/archives/2000/07/01/curing-the-therapeutic-state-t - 4-Apr-2002 - Hits: 755 - Rate This | Details
Tips for Safe Online Dating
A helpful article written by Dr. John Grohol about how to use online dating services safely and responsibly. Offers specific tips for how to approach online dating, communicating safely with interested others, setting up the first date, and feeling comforable and safe throughout the entire process. A must-read for anyone new to this area.
http://psychcentral.com/online_dating/safety.html - 18-Dec-2003 - Hits: 447 - Rate This | Details
Top 10 Myths about Mental Health
An article descriving the top 10 common myths about mental health and mental disorders.
http://psychcentral.com/archives/top_myths.htm - 11-Feb-2004 - Hits: 437 - Rate This | Details
Web 2.0: Consistency, Relevancy and Reliability
What is tagging? Would it help to have everything on the Internet searchable from the homepage it is on at that present time?
Dr. John talks about tagging and Web 2.0 guidelines.
If you are interested in the Internet and computers, tag this article for reading.
http://psychcentral.com/lib/web-20-consistency-relevancy-and-reliability/000111 - 29-Mar-2006 - Hits: 94 - Rate This | Details
Why don't current psychotherapy licensing regulations work?
An article examining the current problems and historical perspective of pscyhotherapy licensing regulations in the United States and why they are ineffective and largely useless in either protecting the public, or ensuring any type of minimal compentency in psychotherapy. The article also offers suggestions for change.
http://psychcentral.com/archives/licensing.htm - 11-Feb-2004 - Hits: 132 - Rate This | Details