on 5 October 2011
This book is a breath of fresh air. It takes a clear stance against the current prevailing "positivistic, managerialist, audit culture ", with its mantra of we must provide evidence for our practice, our practice must be evidence based, we must carry out RCTs, we must...etc. Loewenthal calls for "a thoughtful return to practice" and argues that if we do need theory it should be based on practice rather than the other way round. I enjoyed this book immensely and recommend it to anyone interested in reflecting on what psychological practice is actually about.
Dr Els van Ooijen
Psychotherapist at Nepenthe Consultancy and visiting lecturer to the University of Wales, Newport