Control therapy is an integrated approach to psychotherapy and health care that combines theory, research, and practice. It is based on the premise that issues of control (e.g., fear of loss of control, desire for control, power struggles) underlie most concerns brought to therapy. A reliable and valid standardized psychological assessment inventory (the Shapiro Control Inventory, or SCI) was developed to both measure the theory and provide an individual client "control profile." Control-based therapeutic techniques, including an assertive change mode of control and an accepting/yielding mode of control, are matched to the client's control profile and taught as interventions. The theory, test construction, and interventions have been developed and empirically tested over a period of 25 years involving research and clinical work with thousands of individuals in over a dozen countries.
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