The need for science

The Council for Scientific Mental Health practice is a group of distinguished researchers, academics, and practitioners from diverse disciplines who are deeply concerned about the increasing proliferation of unvalidated and scientifically questionable therapeutic and assessment techniques in mental health. Many of these techniques place the public at risk and undermine the scientific foundations of clinical psychology, social work, counseling, and allied disciplines.

We are committed to the objective scientific evaluation of all novel mental health practices and are dedicated to disseminating only those practices that have been shown to be effective or valid. We believe in keeping an open mind to all mental health claims, but also holding all such claims to high standards of scientific evidence.