One Size Cannot Fit All: A Stage Model for Psychotherapy Manual Development
Article first published online: 11 MAY 2006
Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice
Volume 9, Issue 4, pages 396–406, December 2002
How to Cite
Carroll, K. M. and Nuro, K. F. (2002), One Size Cannot Fit All: A Stage Model for Psychotherapy Manual Development. Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice, 9: 396–406. doi: 10.1093/clipsy.9.4.396
- Issue published online: 11 MAY 2006
- Article first published online: 11 MAY 2006
- Received February 13, 2001; revised May 18, 2001; accepted May 21, 2001.
- treatment manuals;
- stage model;
- empirically supported treatments
There has been controversy surrounding the roles and value of psychotherapy manuals in clinical practice since their inception. It has been underrecognized that the appropriate roles and content of manuals should evolve with the stage of development of a given treatment. This article proposes a stage model in which manuals are seen as evolving with the level of development of the treatment, from the basic outlines necessary for preliminary evaluation of the treatment in early pilot studies (stage I), to highly defined guidelines that demark the internal and external boundaries of treatment for efficacy studies (stage II), and finally to elaborated systems appropriate for use with diverse clinical populations (stage III). We propose guidelines for the content of manuals at the various stages, as well as strategies for developing “clinician-friendly” manuals to facilitate broader use of empirically supported treatments.