Pragmatic Case Studies in Psychotherapy

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August 4, 2021 -- From the Editor 


The Adjudicated Case Study Method, Part 2  

*** Daniel Fishman, Rutgers University-New Brunswick 

 Ronald Miller's "Panel of Psychological Inquiry" Method, Part 2   

 *** Ronald Miller, St. Michael's College, with Brian Ashley, Kristin Mount, et al.  

Arthur Bohart's "Research Jury Method," Part 2  

*** Arthur Bohart, with Lindsay Shenefiel & Marco Alejandro, Santa Clara University 

Robert Elliott's "Hermeneutic Single Case Efficacy Design," Part 2, and Elliott et al.'s Commentary 

*** Robert Elliott, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK, with Susan Stephen & Anna Robinson    

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         Case studies often state or imply a variety of knowledge claims, for example, that a certain type of therapy took place, that a client improved during the therapy, that therapy was causally responsible for the improvement, and that certain factors and processes were causal mediators and moderators of the change.

        In 2011 PCSP (Volume 7, Issue 1) introduced two case studies that each illustrated a version of a method for evaluating such knowledge claims, called the “adjudicated case study method” and based on procedures and logic derived from the law. These versions included Ronald Miller’s “Panels of Psychological Inquiry” (PPI), and Arthur Bohart’s “Research Jury Method.”

         The present issue of PCSP offers a new case by Miller with his colleagues and a new case by Bohart with his colleagues illustrating their methods. The issue concludes with a Commentary by Robert Elliott, Susan Stephen, and Anna Robinson that reviews the Miller and Bohart case studies in the context of progress recently made in a third version of the adjudicated case study, Elliott’s “Hermeneutic Single Case Efficacy Design.” 

        Miller et al. and Bohart et al.'s cases are quite different, showing how the adjudicated case study method applies in a wide variety of contexts. Miller et al. present the case of “Ronan,” a two-year-old boy who was diagnosed with moderate to severe autism spectrum disorder (ASD), and treated in an Early Intervention, Therapeutic Daycare Center, a specialized childcare facility for children with autism. The Daycare Center provided a form of Stanley Greenspan’s “Floortime” treatment, which focuses on the social relationship between adult caregiver and child, with learning opportunities through social interaction. This was a controversial case since the treatment employed challenged the prevailing wisdom in the ASD field: the accepted therapy model for autism of Applied Behavior Analysis. 

        Finally, Bohart et al. present the case study of “Carl” and “Sandra,” a couple in deep relational conflict. The data for their analysis consisted of the videotapes of a 10-session course of emotion-focused couple therapy conducted by the master therapist Rebecca Jorgensen. Thus their source of data includes every detail of the actual therapy.


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** Manuscripts. Two types of manuscripts are desired: those consisting of one or more case studies, and those consisting of case method articles.

** Suggested Author Guidelines. These can be found by clicking on the link Instructions for Authors, as described above. Note that we suggest 11 common headings for case study manuscripts:
1. Case Context and Method
2. The Client
3. Guiding Conception with Research and Clinical Experience Support
4. Assessment of the Client's Problems, Goals, Strengths, and History.
5. Formulation and Treatment Plan
6. Course of Therapy
7. Therapy Monitoring and Use of Feedback Information
8. Concluding Evaluation of the Therapy's Process and Outcome
9. References
10. Tables (optional)
11. Figures (optional)
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Vol 17, No 2 (2021)

Table of Contents

The Adjudicated Case Study Method, Part 2: Editor's Introduction

Daniel B. Fishman

Ronald Miller's "Panel of Psychological Inquiry," Part 2

Ronald B. Miller, Brian Ashley, Kristin Mount, Samantha Tuepker, Thomas Powell, David O'Leary, Michele Fouts, Kimberly Allshouse, Jacob Rusczek, Kelsy Hennebarrows, Amanda Dombroski

Arthur Bohart's "Research Jury Method," Part 2

Arthur C. Bohart, Lindsey Shenefiel, Marco Alejandro

Robert Elliott's "Hermeneutic Single Case Efficacy Design," Part 2, and Elliott et al.'s Commentary

Robert Elliott, Susan Stephen, Anna Robinson