An Integral Taxonomy of Therapeutic Interventions

An Integral Taxonomy of Therapeutic Interventions
By Andre Marquis
Nearly 200 therapeutic interventions are classified according to the AQAL model of Integral Psychotherapy, followed by a critical discussion of the clinical utility of such a taxonomy. The author first presents the need for such a classification system and briefly overviews Integral Theory. The article ends with suggestions for how to use an integral taxonomy of therapeutic interventions with psychotherapy clients, the role and meaning of interventions, an algorithm describing how the interventions were classified, and a caution against the "tyranny of technique."
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Published: 06-01-2009
Length: 30 Pages
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Given that therapists are confronted with literally hundreds of techniques or interventions to potentially utilize in their clinical practice—and a growing chasm separating research and practice—how do therapists dispel the confusion that so many of us feel as we confront this frag- mented heap of techniques? In short, how do therapists decide which interventions to use with a given client? This question is both epistemological in nature and immediately tied to practice, as epistemologies have concrete clinical consequences. This article classifies nearly 200 therapeutic in- terventions according to the AQAL model of Integral Psychotherapy, followed by a critical discussion of the clinical utility of such a taxonomy. The author rst presents the need for such a classification system and briefly overviews integral theory. The author ends with suggestions for how to use an integral taxonomy of therapeutic interventions with psychotherapy clients, the role and meaning of interventions, an algorithm describing how the interventions were classified, and a caution against the “tyranny of technique.