Dissemination and Implementation of Evidence-Based Psychological Interventions

Dissemination and Implementation of Evidence-Based Psychological Interventions

by R. Kathryn McHugh, David H. Barlow
     
 

Despite the existence of effective and economical psychological interventions for many mental disorders, the adoption of these treatments in service provision settings worldwide has lagged. A major gap persists between the development and identification of such interventions and their availability to the general public. Building upon the multidisciplinary

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Overview

Despite the existence of effective and economical psychological interventions for many mental disorders, the adoption of these treatments in service provision settings worldwide has lagged. A major gap persists between the development and identification of such interventions and their availability to the general public. Building upon the multidisciplinary literature on the science of dissemination and implementation, Dissemination and Implementation of Evidence-Based Psychological Interventions examines state-of- the-art programs to improve access to psychological interventions. Renowned experts describe leading efforts to facilitate the transport of evidence-based treatments, alongside innovative strategies for achieving the goals presented. Analyzing dissemination and implementation programs that range in aims and scope and include both national and local efforts, this book is divided into two parts. Chapters in Part I provide discussion of the history of evidence-based psychological interventions and the need for dissemination and implementation, an overview of the science of dissemination and implementation, and a review of the effectiveness of methods for clinician training. Chapters in Part II describe leading dissemination and implementation programs internationally, including the procedures and practices utilized and data on outcomes. The book concludes with a chapter by the volume's editors that proposes and discusses ten of the most important future directions for the science and practice of dissemination and implementation in mental health care. A crucial challenge in the field today is to translate the successes of treatment development research into the reduction of the public health burden of mental illness on individuals, families, and societies. This pioneering volume will be central to that effort and an essential resource for mental health practitioners and researchers, as well as decision-makers throughout the menta

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"Dissemination and Implementation of Evidence-Based Psychological Interventions is an excellent state-of-the-art-and-science volume describing contemporary efforts to move beyond evaluating the effectiveness of selected psychotherapies to a broader effort to place these methods in the hands of frontline practitioners and agencies and to encourage them to provide these therapies to clients." -- PsycCRITIQUES

"This is a terrific volume that tackles a major challenge in mental health care: getting treatments that work to the people who need them. McHugh and Barlow have assembled a dream team of experts in treatment development and research on dissemination and implementation. These wise contributors vividly convey the excitement of efforts to put clinical science into clinical practice. This is a must-read for mental health policymakers, clinicians, and clinical researchers, and a valuable resource for advanced courses. Bravo to McHugh and Barlow for this timely and valuable contribution!" -John R. Weisz, Ph.D., ABPP, President and CEO, Judge Baker Children's Center and Professor of Psychology, Harvard University

"Why don't health professionals use evidence-based therapies? This book takes a radical look at the costs and consequences and provides answers. Great work. I plan to change my own dissemination and implementation strategies today." -Gavin Andrews, AO, M.D., Director of School of Psychiatry, Clinical Research Unit for Anxiety and Depression at St. Vincent's Hospital, University of New South Wales, Australia

"This book provides 'one-stop shopping' for the clinician, clinical researcher, administrator, and policy maven wanting to understand dissemination and implementation as it applies to the evidence-based psychological treatments in high demand. It reviews the background, science, and practical progress, illustrating the ways that implementation plays out in a variety of contexts and how current successes and failures might inform future efforts. In its comprehensiveness, conciseness, and accessibility, there is nothing remotely like it." -Peter P. Roy-Byrne, M.D., Vice-Chair and Chief of Psychiatry, University of Washington at Harborview Medical Center

"The contributors incisively describe the problems and the approaches needed to facilitate implementation and maintenance of best practices at the local, state, national, and international levels. This book goes a long way in moving the young field of dissemination and implementation research forward." -Len Bickman, Betts Chair Professor of Psychology, Psychiatry and Public Policy, and Director of the Center for Evaluation and Program Improvement, Peabody College, Vanderbilt University

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195389050
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
04/17/2012
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

R. Kathryn McHugh, Ph.D., is an Instructor in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and an Assistant in Psychology at McLean Hospital. She received her Ph.D. from Boston University in 2011. Her research focuses on the nature and treatment of anxiety and substance use disorders and the dissemination and implementation of evidence-based psychological interventions.

David H. Barlow, Ph.D., is Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry, and Founder and Director Emeritus of the Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders at Boston University. He is the editor for the TreatmentsThatWork series of therapist manuals and patient workbooks, as well as the editor of The Oxford Handbook of Clinical Psychology.

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