Why Research Matters to Mental Health Care

I currently have the pleasure of teaching a research course to undergraduate students majoring in human services and criminal justice. Why in the world should these students have to take a research course? Because research matters. It matters whether or not these students ever plan on conducting an experiment in their career. It matters because part of being a good practitioner is being a good consumer of research – that is, those who help others should know what the research says about which interventions actually work. If we don’t rely on research to inform our practice, we are doing a disservice to those who depend on us for help.

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