With regards to the article "What has Psychotherapy Inherited from Carl Rogers," can we agree that Rogers made a strong case of the importance of conducting research on psychotherapy process and outcome, adding that actual research findings should take precedence over the theoretical background from which testable hypotheses might be generated?
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Part of Rogers' "anti- intellectual" appeal was that he advocated a more pragmatic and practical approach to helping those in need. Rogers impacted psychotherapy in his insistence that actual research findings were more significant than theoretical approaches. Rogers suggested that practitioners in the field should "should shed [our] limiting theoretical orientations—including client-centered therapy—and instead base our therapy on what has been found to work."
Rogers' body of work and contributions to the field suggested that practitioners should emphasize the importance of conducting research of psychotherapy process and outcome. Rogers' advocacy of the "patient centered" approach suggests his desire to be more impacted by what individuals need and do to help others as opposed to a commitment to a theoretical point of view. His willingness to abandon this theory for what would directly help patients is only testament to how committed Rogers was to actual results as opposed to theoretical substantiation. For Rogers, the drive for "evidence based therapy" takes more importance than anything else. It is in this realm where Rogers' work does suggest that empirical data undertaken with patient results in mind is more important than the advance of theory.
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