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Evidence-Based Practice in Action: Bridging Clinical Science and Intervention
Edited by Sona Dimidjian
Guilford Press / Softcover / May 2021
9781462547708 (ISBN-10: 1462547702)
Empirically Based Therapy
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A growing number of empirically supported treatments are available to mental health practitioners, yet evidence-based practice requires knowledge and skills that are often overlooked in clinical training. This authoritative reference and text grounds the reader in the concepts, rationale, and methods of evidence-based practice.Clinicians and students are guided to consult and evaluate the research literature, use data to inform clinical decision making, consider the role of culture and context, craft sound case formulations, monitor progress and outcomes, and continuously develop their expertise. Of particular utility, the book includes rich, chapter-length case studies. Leading proponents of cognitive-behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, behavioral activation, and other approaches make explicit the ways they draw on evidence throughout the process of assessment and treatment.


“'Evidence-based practice' has become the mantra of mental health care delivery systems, yet few professionals truly grasp its implications for their practices—or even the basic meaning of the term. In this much-needed book, Dimidjian has assembled the world's experts in this area to provide answers. Readers will learn what is really meant by evidence-based practice, and—using actual cases—how it can be implemented in practice. The closing section on training is particularly important. Everybody with an interest in research, practice, or consumption of mental health services will benefit from this book.”

—David H. Barlow, PhD, ABPP, Professor Emeritus of Psychology and Psychiatry and Founder, Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders, Boston University

“Dimidjian has provided a truly stunning compendium of the state of the science in evidence-based practice for mental health. Each and every chapter is practical, insightful, far-reaching, and important. I wholeheartedly recommend this book as essential reading for all who are concerned about the prevalence and severity of mental health problems.”

—Allison G. Harvey, PhD, Department of Psychology, University of California, Berkeley

“Evidence-based practice is hard; this book makes it easy! With an outstanding group of contributors and easy-to-read chapters, this book offers an incredibly practical guide to help apply our best scientific theories, findings, and methods to improve patients’ lives. This is an indispensable guide for practitioners and an outstanding teaching tool. Graduate students in clinical, counseling, and school psychology; social work; and professional counseling programs need to read this volume as they learn about therapy, and to keep it close by in the years that follow!”

—Mitchell J. Prinstein, PhD, ABPP, John Van Seters Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

“This book helps therapists tackle a central challenge in evidence-based practice—distilling the corpus of available knowledge and using it to inform what they do with a particular client. It contains useful frameworks for utilizing the literature on best practices (across empirical outcome studies, clinical practice guidelines, and clinical expertise), formulating an evidence-based conceptualization, and implementing evidence-based treatment across a number of modalities. The extended case studies integrating these steps provide excellent concrete examples. This book could serve as a core text in a foundational Evidence-Based Practice course for clinical, counseling, or MFT graduate students. It could also serve as a resource for established therapists seeking to strengthen the connections between the scientific foundations of clinical psychology and their clinical practice with specific clients.”

—Brian D. Doss, PhD, Department of Psychology, University of Miami

Table of Contents:

Introduction: Context, Intention, and Compassion

I. Context and Key Concepts

1. History and Process of Evidence-Based Practice in Mental Health, Bonnie Spring, Sara Hoffman Marchese, & Jeremy Steglitz

2. History and Evolution of the NIH Stage Model: Overcoming Hurdles to Create Behavioral Interventions to Improve the Public Health, Lisa Onken

3. The Insufficiently Appreciated Raison d’être of Evidence-Based Practice, Scott Lilienfeld, Lorie Ritschel, Steven Jay Lynn, & Robert D. Latzman

II. Core Components of Evidence-Based Practice

4. Doing Right by Your Patients: What Do Clinicians Need to Know about Randomized Clinical Trials?, Helena Chmura Kraemer & Vyjeyanthi S. Periyakoil

5. Systematic Reviews in Mental Health, Pim Cuijpers & Ioana-Alina Cristea

6. Clinical Practice Guidelines, Steven D. Hollon

7. Moving Beyond "One Size Fits All", Zachary D. Cohen, Yoni K. Ashar, & Robert DeRubeis

8. The Role of Culture in Evidence-Based Practice, Manuel Barrera Jr. & Felipe González Castro

9. Reaching the Unreached: The Importance of Context in Evidence-Based Practice in Low-Resource Settings, Syed Usman Hamdani & Atif Rahman

10. Clinical Expertise: A Critical Issue in the Age of Evidence-Based Practice, Bruce E. Wampold, James W. Lichtenberg, Rodney K. Goodyear, & Terrence J. G. Tracey

11. Working Smarter, Not Harder: Comparing Evidence-Based Assessment to the Conventional Routine Assessment Process, Eric A. Youngstrom & Ana Van Meter

III. Illustrations of Evidence-Based Practice in Action

12. An Idiographic Hypothesis-Testing Approach to Psychotherapy: Using Case Formulation and Progress Monitoring to Guide Treatment, Jacqueline B. Persons & Lisa Talbot

13. Collaborative Case Conceptualization: A Bridge between Science and Practice, Shadi Beshai, Willem Kuyken, & Rob Kidney [ pdf sample chapter ]

14. Integrating Basic Research into a Phase Approach to Guide Clinical Practice, Bethany A. Teachman & Rachel K. Narr

15. The Practice of Dialectical Behavior Therapy with Multidiagnostic and Suicidal Patients, Chelsey R. Wilks & Marsha M. Linehan

16. Implementing Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy to Treat a Fear of Morphing in Obsessive–Compulsive Disorder, Roz Shafran, Eva Zysk, & Tim Williams

17. Using an Experimental Therapeutics Approach to Target Psychopathy, Emily Kemp & Arielle Baskin-Sommers

18. Sequential Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Treatment-Resistant Depression: Rationale and Clinical Illustration of Evidence-Based Practice in Action, Evan Collins, Susan Abbey, Norman Farb, Jonathan Downar, & Zindel Segal

19. Beyond Specialty Mental Health: Rationale and Clinical Application of Behavioral Activation in Primary Care, Samuel H. Hubley, Christopher R. Martell, & Jennifer Carty

20. E-Behavioral Activation in Primary Care for Depression: A Measurement-Based Remission-Focused Treatment, Joseph M. Trombello & Madhukar H. Trivedi

21. A "Real-Life" Biopsychosocial Psychotherapy Case, Christine M. Nezu, Arthur M. Nezu, & Meghan Colosimo

22. Clinical Decision Making in Combined Pharmacotherapy and Psychotherapy with Complex Clients: Adopting an Evidence-Based Approach in a Partial Hospitalization Setting, Catherine D'Avanzato & Mark Zimmerman

IV. Training, Supervision, and Consultation to Promote Evidence-Based Practice

23. Mental Health Training: Implications of the Clinical Science Model, Robert W. Levenson

24. The Role of the Consultation Team in Supporting Therapists and Preventing Burnout, Charles R. Swenson

25. Why Therapists Need to Take a Good Look at Themselves: Self-Practice/Self-Reflection as an Integrative Training Strategy for Evidence-Based Practices, James Bennett-Levy & Beverly Haarhoff

26. Augmenting Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy with Alliance-Focused Training: A Research Informed Case Study, Jessica Kraus, Jeremy D. Safran, & J. Christopher Muran

27. Training Evidence-Based Practitioners: Recommendations for the Improvement of Instructional Design and Delivery, Donna M. Sudak & R. Trent Codd III

About the Editor:

Sona Dimidjian, PhD, a clinical psychologist, is Director of the Renée Crown Wellness Institute and Professor in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience at the University of Colorado Boulder. She is a widely recognized expert on women’s mental health; the clinical application of contemplative practices, such as mindfulness meditation; and cognitive and behavioral approaches. She has developed successful prevention and treatment programs to promote mental health and wellness in health care, education, and community settings. Dr. Dimidjian is a recipient of multiple awards and the author of widely cited scholarly papers. She is coauthor of the self-help resource Expecting Mindfully as well as Behavioral Activation for Depression and Behavioral Activation with Adolescents (for mental health professionals).

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