Episode 18 - Dr. Bruce Thyer: Looking at Evidence-Based Practice: How Did We Get Here?

Monday, April 20, 2009, 2:10:26 PM

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This podcast is a recording of a lecture by Professor Bruce Thyer on the roots of the evidence-based practice process. He grounds it in the best tradition of clinical social work, from the early development of scientific social work to empirically supported treatments.

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Average Rating: 4stars  cross-population ebp, Monday, April 23, 2012

By Frank Colangelo, BSW :

There is comfort for the service provider in the knowledge that an intervention can and has been proven to work for cross-populations. The definition of EBT in this context clearly sets it apart from other methods used to prove an intervention's efficacy.

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Average Rating: 4stars  evidence-based practice, Thursday, July 22, 2010

By Sarah Jurczynski :

Evidence-based practice is essential to the field of social work. In this podcast, Dr. Thyer outlines how we have reached a process of inquiry in the field of social work as well as many other health and human service professions. Starting in the late 1800’s with social services charities being religiously influenced social work began. Mary Richmond and Jane Adams were the first social workers to downplay the role of religion in social work and redirected the helping professions to link with science instead. Dr. Thyer speaks to methods of interventions needing to be empirically supported so helping professionals help and not hurt the clients being served. It is essential to evaluate practice in order to determine what interventions are working and which are not. In the late 1970’s there was a push to highly structured and time limited practice where a book titled “Empirical Clinical Practice” was published from the University of Michigan describe the need to clinicians and practitioners to use the literature to support their careers. Today, the NASW reaccrediting process in social work education has required programs across the country to teach their students in context to evaluating his or her individual practice.

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