. Critique of the Supremacy of CBT per se, and of CBT as the Official UK Government Sanctioned Therapy Du Jour . and evidence of the resulting Therapy Turf Wars: There are thousands of studies on CBT. The various medical and therapy Journals have been flooded with them over the years ... This lot are refuting the supremacy of CBT per se...... Last Year researchers from Strathclyde, Miami universities and the Saybrooke Graduate Institute caused a stir re challenging the effectiveness of CBT - beware though - they are fighting to maintain the existence and market for all the other psychotherapies.... 'The group believes CBT has become pre-eminent not because it is the system which works best but because it is the most favoured by academics and has therefore become the subject of most studies'...... the evidence was presented at the: Conference of the World Association for Person-Centred Psychotherapies and Counselling held at the University of East Anglia, UK, from 6-10 July 2008. . http://www.pctscotland.co.uk/documents/~Research/CBT_is_a_myth.htm CBT superiority is a myth The government, the public and even many health officials have been sold a version of the scientific evidence that is not based in fact, but is instead based on a logical error. This is how it works: 1) More academic researchers subscribe to a CBT approach than any other. 2) These researchers get more research grants and publish more studies on the effectiveness of CBT. 3) This greater number of studies is used to imply that CBT is more effective. This is a classic example of the logical fallacy known as `argument from ignorance' ie the absence of evidence is taken as evidence of absence. Although CBT advocates rarely make this claim so boldly, their continual emphasis on the amount of evidence is misunderstood by the public, other health care workers, and government officials, a misunderstanding that they allow to stand without correction. The result is a widespread belief that no one takes responsibility for. In other words, a myth. This situation has direct negative consequences for other well-developed psychotherapies, such as person-centred and psychodynamic, which have smaller evidence bases than CBT. . http://www.uea.ac.uk/mac/comm/media/press/2008/july/CBT superiority questioned a\ t+conference In the world of psychotherapy research, the finding that different therapies are about equal in their effectiveness is known as the 'Dodo verdict', after the Dodo in Alice in Wonderland who, on judging a race, declared 'everybody has won and all must have prizes'. . http://www.strath.ac.uk/press/newsreleases/2008/headline_144260_en.html Researchers urge fresh look at psychotherapy Widely-held assumptions about the superior effectiveness of a common form of psychotherapy have been challenged by academics at Strathclyde. They are urging government officials and colleagues who practise the method, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), to offer a wider range of other types of treatment which have been shown to be as effective. The researchers are part of a team which has questioned the predominance of CBT in treating patients and has claimed that an undue emphasis has been placed on this method. The group believes CBT has become pre-eminent not because it is the system which works best but because it is the most favoured by academics and has therefore become the subject of most studies...... . http://www.guardian.co.uk/culture/2009/oct/04/sel-help-books-boom-cadwalladr Positive psychology, the so-called new "science of happiness", has, in just 10 years, become a cultural orthodoxy and a burgeoning field of academic study. It's the single most popular course for undergraduates at Harvard, and in Britain it has been instrumental in persuading the government to back large-scale funding of CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy). The application of science has given self- help a rigour and respect that for years it could only dream about. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ A note re Happiness Therapy: The Times: http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/columnists/guest_contributors/article67\ 9402.ece 'Those running Guantanamo have apparently shown interest in studies by Martin Seligman, a past president of the APA, on "learned helplessness". This theory, dating back to the Sixties, suggests that individuals who suffer persistent ill-treatment eventually submit wholly to their tormentor. Professor Seligman has since achieved worldwide fame as a researcher in the field of happiness. The irony is almost too grim to bear'. .