I’m working on a psychology case study and need an explanation and answer to help me learn.
Experimental designs are the gold standard of research because they help eliminate any other explanation for why an intervention does or does not work. However, experimental designs are difficult in social service settings for many reasons. For purposes of practicality, we often opt for quasi-experimental designs that introduce limitations to our research (threats to validity). While it is nearly impossible to eliminate every threat to validity, there are ways to mitigate those threats.
Create an original discussion post where you identify two potential threats to validity and craft ways to mitigate those threats.
Discussion: Identifying Threats Mental Health Treatment A nonprofit serving children who have witnessed family violence wants to know if their counselors should use cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) or trauma-informed cognitive behavioral therapy (TFCBT). They have two counselors trained in CBT who have been working at the agency for 15 years each. They also have two new counselors straight from an MSW program who have been trained in TFCBT. The CBT counselors have a current caseload of 20 children each. All new children will be assigned to the TFCBT counselors. When a child is done with therapy, the counselors will ask the parents if their child’s behaviors have gotten better. They will use that information to decide if they should use TFCBT or CBT.