Bruce A. Thyer, PhD, LCSW, BCBA-D, is a professor and former dean, College of Social Work, Florida State University. He is a licensed clinical social worker and a board-certified behavior analyst. He has served in elected national leadership roles with the Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR), the Group for the Advancement of Doctoral Education in Social Work, the Council on Social Work Education, and the Association for Professional Behavior Analysts. He is a fellow of the American Psychological Association, the Association for Psychological Science, the Social Work Academy of the National Academies of Practice, and the SSWR. Dr. Thyer founded and continues to edit one of social work’s premier journals, Research on Social Work Practice. He has written more than 250 articles in professional journals and more than 100 book chapters, and has produced more than 35 books. His research interests involve the promotion of evidence-based practice, evaluation research, applied behavior analysis, and clinical social work theory and practice.
Monica G. Pignotti, PhD, LMSW, is a licensed master social worker in the state of New York. She has taught social work practice, social work research, and diversity in social work courses. She has authored numerous book chapters and articles in professional journals, and keeps a blog on potentially harmful and other questionable therapies. She is a member of the Association for Psychological Science and the Society for a Science of Clinical Psychology.
Foreword by Eileen Gambrill, PhD
1. Characteristics of Science and Pseudoscience in Social Work Practice
2. Pseudoscience in Clinical Assessment
3. Pseudoscience in Treating Children and Adolescents
4. Pseudoscience in Treating Adults Who Experienced Trauma
5. Other Pseudoscientific Interventions for Adults
6. Pseudoscience in Developmental Disabilities
7. Pseudoscience in Social Work Education and Training
8. Promoting Science and Discouraging Pseudoscience: The Way Forward