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Creating Synergy in Practice: Promoting Complementarity Between Evidence-Based and Postmodern Approaches

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  • The first two authors contributed equally to the development of this manuscript.

  • Stephanie Jacobs, MS, Ed.S., Doctoral Student in Programs in Couple and Family Therapy, Drexel University; Karni Kissil, MA, MEd, LMFT, Doctoral Student in Programs in Couple and Family Therapy, Drexel University; Dalesa Scott, MFT, Doctoral Student in Programs in Couple and Family Therapy, Drexel University; Maureen P. Davey, PhD, LMFT, Programs in Couple and Family Therapy, Drexel University.

Address correspondence to Maureen Davey, Programs in Couple and Family Therapy, Drexel University, Mail Stop 905, 1505 Race Street, Suite 403, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19102; E-mail: mpd29@drexel.edu

Abstract

Postmodern and evidence-based practice (EBP) are compared and contrasted with the primary aim of adapting evidence-based practice with a more flexible epistemological lens. We begin by reviewing the epistemological underpinnings of postmodern and EBP within the field of marriage and family therapy (MFT). We next discuss how these contrasting philosophies inform therapists’ traits and practice in the context of translational research and practice-based evidence. Finally, we point toward some promising directions for a flexible adaptation of evidence-based practice in which both modern and postmodern clinicians can practice, and ways to incorporate some of these more flexible principles into the clinical training of MFT students.

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