School for Social Work
Psychotherapy, Social work education, Psychotherapists-Attitudes, Evidence-based practice, Evidence-based psychotherapy, Clinical social work, Policy
Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) is a complex process of clinical decision-making. This national survey of clinical social workers (N=620) was conducted to examine clinician, agency and environment variables related to participants' attitudes toward and use of EBP. Participants' use of CBT, training with research, agency leadership support of EBP and working with client populations similar to research populations were the variables most positively associated with participants' attitudes toward EBP. Increased use of Psychodynamic methods and intrusion of funding pressures on clinical wisdom had the strongest negative associations with participants' attitudes toward EBP. Participants reported that increased training with research, use of Narrative, CBT and DBT, working with client populations similar to research populations and agency mandates to use ESTs were the variables most positively associated with participants' use of EBP. Additionally, participants overwhelmingly described the term "EBP" to imply use of specific intervention techniques rather than a process of intervention selection. .
Simmons, Beverly M., "Clinician, agency and environment variables related to clinical social workers' involvement with evidence-based practice" (2013). Dissertation, Smith College, Northampton, MA.
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