A research-oriented private psychological clinic: The potentiality and the actuality
Dreger, R.M. (1990). A Research-Oriented Private Psychological Clinical: The Potentiality and the Actuality. Multivariate Experimental Clinical Research, 9(3), 131-143.
The potentiality for research in a private practice psychological clinic is often unrecognized. Clinical psychologists may present good reasons for not doing research for which they are uniquely trained among mental health professionals. Yet it is possible to do research through the private clinic if research procedures are built into its structure and functioning. It has been the observation of others as well as that of the writer that by and large clients are willing to participate in research if they can be assured that no harm will come to them or theirs. Additionally, research procedures can be planned in such a fashion as to maximize both service and research potential. One generalization which arises out of limited but representative experience is that adequate research is directly proportional to the adequacy of the clinic's files. That the potentiality for research can be actualized has been demonstrated by the author's private practice clinic in which different types of research have been carried out.