Characteristics of Evidenced-Based Practice
Evidenced-based practice is an essential component of social work practice. Distinguishing characteristics of EBP is essential when working with vulnerable populations. EBP is necessary when providing clinical treatment to vulnerable populations (Whittaker, 2009, p. 167). For example, when working with high-risk children, providing EBP to the family assists with treatment and implementing these practices in the home setting. Often it is easier to explain modalities through EBP to provide the family with support and evidence of the modality used. In doing so, parents will understand and see the effects of the EBP. Through experience, parents respond best to EBP that supports interventions implemented in their child’s treatment services. The information is presented and explained, allowing the parent to see the positive effects and outcomes of the intervention implemented in all domains.
Implementing EBP can determine the difference between “efficiency” and “effectiveness” (Whittaker, 2009, p. 168). To implement EBP, first, the target population must be identified. For instance, I work with at-risk youth, so EBP for this population should be researched and evaluated. In determining the target population, specifics help narrow the search for appropriate and effective EBP. For a program to be successful evidence-based programs should be implemented for positive and effective outcomes. For example, the Intensive In-Home (IIH) program I am the case manager for implements Seeking Safety, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Dialectal Behavioral Therapy (DBT). When these modalities are implemented in sessions and the home, children, and families can function and behaviors are managed. National Association of Social workers (n.d.) discusses the importance of randomized controlled trials are the most valuable interventions. The target population and the client’s specific needs determine the EBP intervention that would be most effective towards their healing process.
National Association of Social workers. (n.d.). Evidence-based practice. https://www.socialworkers.org/News/Research-Data/Social-Work-Policy-Research/Evidence-Based-Practice
Whittaker, J. (2009). Evidence-based intervention and services for high-risk youth: A North American perspective on the challenges of integration for policy, practice, and research. Child & Family Social Work, 14(2), 166–177.