Specific techniques vs. Common factors? Psychotherapy integration and its role in ethical practice

Jac Brown*

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Important change in competent practice in psychological therapy is increasingly being influenced by evidence-based practice. This paper explores major issues related to the evidence-based literature with regard to specific techniques and common factors. Increasing evidence that support common factors provides validity for the psychotherapy integration movement. This movement is explored in relation to the three waves of behavior therapy that indicate an increasing integration of a wide range of therapies. The discussion concludes with implications for therapists who wish to adopt an ethical and evidence-based approach.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)301-316
Number of pages16
JournalAmerican Journal of Psychotherapy
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2015



  • Evidence-based practice
  • specific techniques
  • common factors
  • psychotherapy integration
  • behavior therapy

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