Foundations of Evidence-Based Social Work Practice

Foundations of Evidence-Based Social Work Practice

Foundations of Evidence-Based Social Work Practice

Foundations of Evidence-Based Social Work Practice

Synopsis

This concise introduction to evidence-based social work practice culls the most salient chapters from the interdisciplinaryEvidence-Based Practice Manualto form a student-friendly overview of the issues and interventions they will encounter throughout their BSW or MSW program.
Part I defines terms and critical issues, introducing students to the language and importance of evidence-based practice and critical thinking. Chapters will explain how to search for evidence, how to evaluate what evidence really is, how to ask the right questions, how to develop standards, and how practitioners make use of research. Part II consists of practical applications, with each chapter focusing on a particular intervention or population. Topics include cognitive-behavioral approaches to suicide risks, manualized treatment with children, treating juvenile delinquents, and interventions for OCD, anxiety disorders, substance abuse, PTSD, depression, and recovery. Several chapterss from the special edition ofBrief Treatment & Crisis Interventionon evidence-based practice as well as two original chapters round out this much-needed introduction to evidence-based social work practice.

Excerpt

For social work students as well as practitioners, this book provides the critically needed framework and foundation knowledge base in order to understand and conduct evidence-based practice. This volume, featuring chapters by prominent evidence-based research professors, includes how-to application chapters demonstrating the latest key elements, operational definitions, critical issues, concepts, and strategies in the application of evidence-based social work assessment measures and interventions.

This is the condensed companion volume and update to Roberts and Yeager's Evidence-Based Practice Manual: Research and Outcome Measures in Health and Human Services, a 104-chapter major reference text. The latter volume was published in 2004 and is multidisciplinary in scope. The current volume was specially prepared for evidence-based social workers and their students. It includes two specially written new chapters on step-by-step question formulation and how to conduct systematic reviews of the evidence with co-occurring disorders. It also includes 23 evidence-based social work articles reprinted from two special issues of the Brief Treatment and Crisis Intervention journal in 2004, which focused on evidence-based mental health, or the Evidence-Based Practice Manual.

The goal of this textbook is to improve understanding, enhance at-risk clients' well-being and quality of life, and facilitate recovery from mental disorders, while preventing further harm. This goal can be facilitated by the acquisition of evidence-based knowledge and the application of evidence-based social work practice.

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