Sperry’s “Achieving Evidence-Based Status for Adlerian Psychotherapy: Why It Is Needed and How to Accomplish It": A response

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Fall 9-4-2018


This article is a response to Len Sperry's paper in which he lays out a compelling case and rationale—as well as the steps in a process—for helping Adlerian therapy to achieve the status of evidence-based practice. The pragmatic importance of Sperry's proposal cannot be ignored if the model is to survive in a clinical world largely controlled by managed-care systems, insurance, and government regulation. Still, the actual value of evidence-based practice for clients can easily be challenged, and as in other helping professions, a model for practice-based evidence might serve individual clients or single client units (e.g., couples, families, groups) much better.