Some Reasons that Mental Health Treatments Are Not Technologies: Toward Treatment Development and Adaptation Outside Labs

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Abstract

This paper discusses positive and negative aspects of the use of the technology metaphor as applied to mental health treatment development and adaptation. The author highlights that treatments to date have been developed almost exclusively for client symptom patterns, though much evidence and theory suggests that other factors, such as nonsymptom client variables and provider and agency variables, may be important to consider as well. In addition, the importance of developing and adapting treatments outside of the lab is emphasized.

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