Commentary: The complexity of evidence or the evidence of complexity? A response to Kagee

Swartz L. (2006)


The practice of clinical psychology contains many non-rational aspects. If we wish to assert a special place for clinical psychology as a practice different from folk sector techniques which also claim to help people, we must provide evidence for our claim. Kagee (2006) makes an important contribution to our thinking on this issue, but his argument should be modulated by a nuanced consideration of two challenges. These are, first, the challence of producing evidence, and, second, the question of real world efficacy, especially in the South African context. Serious engagement with Kagee's argument is crucial for South African clinical psychology. © Psychological Society of South Africa. All rights reserved.

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