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BYU to host lecture on psychotherapy

The Women's Research Institute at Brigham Young University will consider "Natural Helpers vs. Expert Therapists: Who is Best?" at 680 Kimball Tower at noon on Thursday.

The lecture by Sally Barlow, an associate professor of psychology, will offer the results of a study done showing which is better, natural help or professional help in psychotherapy.The public is welcome.

"This is a hot topic in psychology. Is it common factors that make people helpful - like friendliness, respect and warmth - or is it specific factors - like skills, special training and experience - that help people get better in psychotherapy?" Barlow said.

The study looks at how people responded to a natural helper and a professional helper. The natural helper was identified as any nonprofessional who was friendly and caring.