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Empirically Supported Treatments

  1. William C. Sanderson

Published Online: 30 JAN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470479216.corpsy0306

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

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Sanderson, W. C. 2010. Empirically Supported Treatments. Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1–2.

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  1. Hofstra University

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  1. Published Online: 30 JAN 2010


Empirically supported treatments (ESTs), which were previously known as empirically validated treatments (EVTs) and more recently as evidence-based treatments (EBTs), are psychological treatments that have been shown to be effective in well-conducted controlled research trials. The initial and perhaps most influential effort to identify ESTs was undertaken in 1993 by a task force commissioned by the Society of Clinical Psychology, which is Division 12 of the American Psychological Association (APA) (cf. Task Force on Promotion and Dissemination of Psychological Procedures, 1993).


  • evidence based treatments;
  • empirically supported treatments;
  • psychotherapy;
  • psychological treatments