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Your contribution on manual based treatment is on pint. However, mental health
treatment manuals provide several advantages in clinical practice and the fact that they are now
necessary for controlled patient outcome. Manual-based treatments are more focused and
experimentally verified. They are helpful for therapist training and supervision (Langer et al.,
2011). They enable independent verification of whether treatment was carried out according to
its procedural specifications in a process known as treatment integrity demonstration.
Treatment manuals also make it easier to train therapists to a specific technical and
clinical expertise level, allowing for control that is more experimental. Treatment manuals make
psychiatric therapy, in whatever shape it takes, more widely available. They make it easier for
therapists to understand specific treatment procedures and become proficient in their application
(Pagano et al., 2017). As a result, as I argue that they are more likely to widen therapists'
treatment skills and foster greater technical eclecticism. They not only make therapist training
easier, but they also make it easy for supervisors to keep track of their trainees' progress.
References
Langer, D. A., McLeod, B. D., & Weisz, J. R. (2011). Do treatment manuals undermine youth-
therapist alliance in community clinical practice?3Journal of consulting and
clinical psychology,379(4), 427–432. https://doi.org/10.1037/a0023821
Pagano, J., Kyle, B. N., Johnson, T. L., & Saeed, S. A. (2017). Training Psychiatry Residents in
Psychotherapy: The Role of Manualized Treatments.3The Psychiatric
quarterly,388(2), 285–294. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11126-016-9476-5
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