The Divide Between “Evidenced-Based” Approaches and Practitioners of Traditional Theories of Family Therapy


  • The authors wish to thank Norman B. Epstein, Ph.D., and Alan S. Gurman, Ph.D., for their helpful comments on earlier drafts of this manuscript.


Evidenced-based approaches continue to grow in the field of family therapy. However, practicing family therapists do not always embrace these approaches. In this article, we explore factors contributing to practitioners' concerns with evidence-based treatments and suggest a broader, more clinically palatable view of evidenced-based treatment. We also suggest how family therapy researchers, practitioners, and educators might begin to close the researcher–clinician divide in the best interest of all concerned.