Pragmatic Case Studies -- Free Online Journal

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GOALS OF THE PRAGMATIC CASE STUDIES IN PSYCHOTHERAPY JOURNAL

1) To generate a growing database of systematic, rigorous, and peer-reviewed therapy case studies across a variety of theoretical approaches. These cases can serve:

A) as a source of guidance on individual cases for practicing clinicians.

B) as a research base for qualitative and quantitative cross-case analysis by researchers and theorists. This research base can be employed (a) to derive and test theory-based hypotheses about therapy process and change mechanisms; (b) to develop pragmatic, evidence-based, "best practice" guidelines for addressing particular types of cases; (c) to explore effective ways to combine qualitative and quantitative information; and (d) to compare, contrast, and/or integrate different theoretical approaches as applied to the same clinical facts in individual cases.

C) as a way to enhance the knowledge value of cases employed in quantitatively oriented therapy research involving either groups of therapy patients (e.g., efficacy research) or single-case research designs.

D) as a resource in therapist training, for both students, academic educators, and supervisors.

2) To pilot-test the special advantages of online, case study journals in applied psychology generally by exemplifying in detail their ability to make large amounts of qualitative and quantitative, peer-reviewed information particularly timely, accessible, searchable, and pragmatically and theoretically valuable.

3) To act as a vehicle for progress in therapy case-study method through the process of example, critical dialogue, and cross-case analysis.