chapter  2
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Very often the rationale for doing brief therapy is that third-party payers or some other cost-containment contingency require it. This is unlikely to be acceptable to most clinicians, especially given the traditional premium placed on long-term treatment (Bloom, 1992). There are alternative reasons for considering the use of brief ther­ apy, but these derive from research literature not widely read by clinicians. The purpose of this chapter is to acquaint the reader with the relevant literature.