Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy

, Volume 38, Issue 2, pp 97–104 | Cite as

Advancing the Field of Psychotherapy Through Innovation and Integration in Scholarly Works

  • James C. Overholser
Original Paper


Published articles on psychotherapy often incorporate a combination of integration and innovation, helping to advance the field through scholarly work. Many useful papers help to integrate the biological, psychological, and social or cultural factors that often play a role in the etiology and treatment of specific forms of mental illness. In addition, quality papers strive to integrate theory, science, and clinical applications throughout the text. Authors can encourage a series of minor innovations that could gradually shift the field over time. Useful papers often focus on a narrow topic that has a broad appeal to many members of the field. Authors can explore new ideas, expressing their opinions while supporting the ideas through various types of evidence. When submitting papers for publication, authors should expect it will require multiple revisions in order to sharpen the thinking and improve the writing.


Scholarship Publishing Research Theory Innovation 



The author thanks Julia DiFilippo, Jim Yokley, Nicole Peak, AnnaMaria Aguierre, and Sarah Yarry for helpful comments provided on earlier drafts of this paper.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychologyCase Western Reserve UniversityClevelandUSA

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