Reply to Pignotti and Mercer: Holding Therapy and Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy are Not Supported and Acceptable Social Work Interventions

@article{Lee2007ReplyTP,
  title={Reply to Pignotti and Mercer: Holding Therapy and Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy are Not Supported and Acceptable Social Work Interventions},
  author={Robert E. Lee and P. A. Craven},
  journal={Research on Social Work Practice},
  year={2007},
  volume={17},
  pages={520 - 520}
}
Pignotti and Mercer offer a very detailed, informative, scholarly, and eloquently expressed concern about the merit of holding therapies and the danger of offering them to the mental health professions as useful. We are well aware that those therapies are largely unacceptable for a variety of ethical reasons, ranging from “do no harm” to lack of empirical support. The first author of this reply is a past president of the Association of Marriage and Family Therapy Regulatory Boards, which is the… Expand
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Comparative Effectiveness of Holding Therapy with Aggressive Children
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This study was undertaken to assess the effects of holding therapy on children who have a history of aggressive and delinquent behaviors and found a significant decrease in the outcome variable for the treatment group within this study. Expand