What is Evidence-Based Behavioral Practice?

 

"Evidence-based practice in psychology is the integration of the best available research with clinical expertise in the context of patient characteristics, culture and preferences." - APA Policy Statement on Evidence-Based Practice in Psychology

According to the Council for Training in Evidence-Based Behavioral Practice, Evidence-Based Behavioral Practice (EBBP) is a form of practice used to work with individuals or entire communities that integrates a commitment to draw from the best available resources. These resources might include practitioner expertise but would not be informed by that one factor alone. It instead incorporates many factors, including but not limited to, the use of Empirically Supported Treatments (ESTs). EST’s are what practitioners call treatments that have demonstrated efficacy and offer a treatment manual.

 

But this doesn’t mean that your care, or care received by your loved ones will be given by your practitioner in a “one-size fits all” manner. EBBP is nothing if not a comprehensive and holistic way of treatment. Social, biological and relational factors are always investigated and considered, while being  further informed with knowledge gained from empirically-sound research.  Your practitioner will ask you many questions about who you are and work with you to create a collaborative case conceptualization. They will learn about who you are and the people around you as they determine goals for treatment and choose interventions shown to help relieve the symptoms you are experiencing and help you build your very best life possible.

​© 2015 by Nicole Laurent, LMHC

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