• November 2008
  • Vol. 9, No. 9

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Evidence-Based Practice and Mental Health Services

A new report from the American Psychological Association (APA) Task Force on Evidence-Based Practice for Children and Adolescents recommends ways to disseminate evidence-based practices to improve mental health services for children and adolescents, including those involved with the child welfare system. The task force defines evidence-based practice as the integration of the best available research with clinical expertise in the context of patient characteristics, culture, and preferences. The report recommends that providers should adhere to the following ideals when providing mental health services to children and families:

  • Partnerships with other providers
  • Cultural responsiveness
  • A developmental approach
  • A socioecological framework

Systems-level strategies that can improve the provision of evidence-based practices include enhancing education and training for service providers, increasing funding for research, and revising policies and practices so that evidence-based services are available to all children and families.

Find the full report, "Disseminating Evidence-Based Practice for Children and Adolescents: A Systems Approach to Enhancing Care," on the APA website:

www.apa.org/releases/EBPCAreport0608draftfinal.pdf (858 - KB)

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