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Episode 149 - Dr. Lawrence Shulman: Integrating Science and Art in Evidence-Based Practice

Monday, August 18, 2014, 8:57:48 AM

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In this episode, Dr. Lawrence Shulman discusses the influence of Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) on practice behavior. He describes how to integrate EBP concepts and interventions while maintaining Social Work's unique role as well the worker's personal artistry. Dr. Shulman addresses the "false dichotomy" of science vs. art with a number of anecdotes and practice examples.

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Average Rating: 5stars  ebp, Monday, February 06, 2017

By Kelli D :

Dr. Shulman explains what evidence based practice (EBP) looks like in reality. As a social work student, I have learned that evidence based practice consists of 3 components:
1. The best current research available
2. Clinical expertise
3. Client collaboration
There tends to be a focus on the first component and maintaining fidelity to the intervention, with less emphasis on clinical expertise and client collaboration. I agree with Dr. Shulman about not being able to truly listen to your client if you are too concerned with following a rigid plan. He brings up CBT as an example. A part of CBT is psychoeducation. If your client is already well informed about their situation and or illness, it may not be the best use of time to continue working on psychoeducation. Overall, I found Dr. Shulman’s interview to be very informative and useful.

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Average Rating: 5stars  artistry and genuineness , Monday, February 02, 2015

By Genevieve Gibson :

As a student in the UB Social Work department I find this podcast to extremely useful. I often notice that evidence-based interventions are greatly emphasized within the coursework. This is practical for teaching inexperienced social work students but I sometimes feel concerned that I won’t seem genuine to clients. I really like that Dr. Shulman stated that it is not necessary to follow a rigid, timed practice when using evidence-based interventions and to integrate the important parts of EBP into something the professional feels comfortable with.

It is very important to me to incorporate the principles of Trauma Informed Care into my practice as a professional social worker. In order to do this it is important to be genuine in the collaborative relationship with the client. The science behind EBP should enhance my ability to work alongside my clients but not inhibit trust. I have been able to start practicing integrating these concepts at my field placement.

It is inspiring to learn that EBP should be supplemented by the professional’s personal style of counseling from Dr. Shulman. It will be helpful going forward to remember that there is not a rigid agenda that needs to be followed in social work. Every client, presenting problem, relationship, and professional is unique.

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