Brief Psychotherapy Research Program
Christopher Muran, Ph.D.
frame of study:
frame of participation:
weekly psychotherapy sessions
Israel Medical Center
317 East 17th Street,
Fierman Hall 9th floor
For further information on our program please visit www.brieftherapyprogram.com
The Brief Psychotherapy Research Program provides low-cost, specialized treatment for various emotional and interpersonal difficulties of a longstanding nature, including problems with anxiety and depression. Our program offers specialized treatment
for adults who suffer from various emotional & interpersonal difficulties
of a longstanding nature, including problems with anxiety & depression.
Designed to shorten the therapy process, brief psychotherapy focuses on
very specific problem areas and involves high levels of therapist activity.
If thorough evaluation indicates that short-term treatment is appropriate,
a therapist is assigned to the patient. Treatment consists of 30 psychotherapy
sessions. If short-term treatment is rendered inappropriate, we assist
the patient in finding alternative treatment. Treatment for each patient
involves an integration of cognitive/behavioral and interpersonal/relational
After each session, patients are required to fill out a brief questionnaire.
In addition, all sessions are videotaped with the patient's consent. This
is for research purposes only. Patients have to pay a small fee for each
session, ranging from $30 to $50, depending on their income.
Much has been written recently in popular press about research demonstrating
the effectiveness of cognitive-behavioral therapies for a variety of psychiatric
What has not been highlighted as much is that there are still 30-40%
who fail to benefit from these therapies, and as many as 65% dropout or
end treatment prematurely. A good proportion of these treatment failures
have to do with the inability of therapists to establish a working alliance
with their patients.
What has also not been highlighted is that the research demonstrating
the effectiveness of these therapies has tended to exclude patients presenting
with multiple or chronic problems. This is especially disconcerting considering
that 40-70% of those seeking treatment in our mental health clinics and
private practices do meet for more than one psychiatric diagnosis, and
as many as 33% present with longstanding problems that have a profound
effect on their emotional and interpersonal functioning.
An internationally renowned psychotherapy research program at Beth Israel
Medical Center was recently awarded a prestigious development grant from
the National Institute of Mental Health to study a cognitive-behavioral
therapy for patients with multiple or chronic problems and to evaluate
innovative strategies specifically developed to care for this patient
These strategies concentrate on training therapists to better manage
the challenges posed by these patients and establish working alliances
in order to increase treatment completion and improve treatment outcome.
This will be a rare study design that turns the lens on therapists in
order to improve their abilities to help patients –patients most
likely to be encountered in real-life settings.
Adults who are experiencing longstanding problems of an emotional &
Benefits and/or Compensation:
Study participants will receive a low-cost, empirically supported therapy
from a well-established, internationally recognized program.