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The current practice of counseling, psychotherapy, and most helping professions often relies on clinical wisdom with little evidence of what actually works. Clinical wisdom is often a justification for beliefs and values that bond people together as professionals but often fails to serve clients since many of those beliefs and values may be comforting, but they may also be inherently incorrect. Improving the Effectiveness of the Helping Professions: An Evidence-Based Approach to Practice covers the use of research and critical thinking to assist helping professionals make the most effective choices in treating clients with social and emotional problems. The use of evidence-based practice (EBP) comes at a time when managed care and concerns over health care costs coincide with growing concerns that psychotherapy, case management, and counseling may not be sufficiently effective ways of helping people in social and emotional difficulty. Improving the Effectiveness of the Helping Professions provides an easy-to-read, inclusive approach covering EBP with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and terrorism, bereavement, substance abuse, mental illness, and problems experienced by older adults, among others. This text critically reviews the literature on self-help groups, religious involvement, and spirituality. It also includes sources to find best evidence, a simple overview of research concepts, a chapter on critical thinking, and numerous relevant case studies showing the application of EBP. Improving the Effectiveness of the Helping Professions is ideally suited for undergraduate and graduate students in social work, psychology, counseling, criminal justice, psychiatric nursing, and psychiatry. This book should also prove beneficial to all practitioners and specialists in the helping professions.
Posted January 31, 2005
Improving the Effectiveness of the Helping Professions : An Evidence-Based Approach to Practice, combines the best in basic research knowledge, examples of evidence-based practice (EBP) at work, critical thinking, and thoughts on the future of evidence-based practice in social work. *** Dr. Glicken has written a text that reads like a conversation. That is, he presents complicated information in a way that is easy to understand and grasp. For example, in chapter 4, Locating Relevant Clinical Research, Dr. Glicken does a masterful job at outlining the key points social workers need to evaluate the quality of research articles. This information is covered in standard research texts, but Dr. Glicken presents it in a way that social workers in the field are likely to relate to and are likely to remember. Novices and seasoned professionals alike will benefit from Dr. Glicken's insight into how EBP fits into social work practice, and how social workers can make EBP work for them. *** While all social workers can benefit from Dr. Glicken's years of experience, social workers unfamiliar with EBP and professors looking for a valuable resource to help teach an EBP course will find this volume indispensable. This book does what it claims to do: it provides practitioners a way to improve their effectiveness by delineating the process by which practice becomes evidence-based.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.