Hermeneutic single-case efficacy design

Elliott, Robert; Schneider, Kirk and Pierson, J. and Bugental, James, eds. (2014) Hermeneutic single-case efficacy design. In: The Handbook of Humanistic Psychology. Sage, Thousand Oaks, California, USA, pp. 351-360. ISBN 9781452267746

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This is a brief overview of Hermeneutic Single-Case Efficacy Design (HSCED), developed as a humanistic alternative to randomized clinical trials. I discuss the philosophical and logical basis of HSCED and summarize its methods and in particular the critical framework of alternative explanations used to test client change and psychotherapy efficacy with single cases. This chapter concludes with a summary of developments in HSCED over the past 15 years.