In this thesis, the nature and extent of practitioners' dissatisfaction with the psychotherapy research literature will first be described. A case will be made that a deeper analysis needs to be conducted to fully understand this dissatisfaction. Next, this dissatisfaction will be framed in the context of a particular ontology that seems to have largely contributed to it. Most importantly, several features of this ontology will be described and connected to practitioners' dissatisfaction. Finally, an alternative framework for understanding practitioners' dissatisfaction will be tentatively proposed, and it will be suggested that this alternative could help researchers and practitioners understand their dissatisfaction with one another and lead to a more fruitful dialogue.
College and Department
Family, Home, and Social Sciences; Psychology
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Ghelfi, Eric Alexander, "Does the Scientist-Practitioner Gap Have Ontological Roots?" (2018). All Theses and Dissertations. 6947.
scientist-practitioner, ontology, psychotherapy