Episode 256 - Dr. Lawrence Palinkas: Translation and Implementation of Evidence-Based Practice

Monday, January 28, 2019, 9:17:11 AM

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In this episode, our guest Dr. Lawrence Palinkas discusses his research seeking to identify the best methods not only to develop evidence-based practices for helping people but also to be sure that these practices are implemented in practice. From a transdisciplinary and social justice perspective, he describes his interest in solving social problems that are rooted in cultural differences, with emphasis on promoting evidence-based practices and social responses to extreme environments in the context of child welfare services.

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Average Rating: 5stars  individualizing services, Thursday, February 04, 2021

By L. LaBarge :

One of the main points that stuck out to me was Dr. Palinkas mention of finding a practice that works best for that particular client for that particular scenario. People are all different; what may work for one, may not work for another. Various situations may come up, but each person handles a situation differently. So one form of practice may work really well for one client, but that same practice may not work for a different client with a similar situation. Evidence-based practice seems to give workers the ability to research what practices have shown effective results given certain situations. It is important for workers to listen to the client and build a relationship, that way the worker has more of a sense of what techniques will work well for that client. I found it very interesting that Dr. Palinkas talked about all the treatment that is out there with evidence, that workers are not using. It is possible that these methods of treatment would not work for everyone, but they may work very well for some clients. It is important for workers to do their research to find out what information is out there; that way workers can provide the best services to their clients.

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Average Rating: 5stars  thought about the podcast , Monday, February 11, 2019

By O. Dawkins :

Dr. Palinkas shared good ideologies. It is important for social workers to use the resources available when trying to solve social problems. Evidence-based practice is important in the field. As social workers, it is important to treat individuals holistically; Evidence-based practice is a great way to implement holistic treatments. Also when using Evidence-based practice, practitioners should remember that the treatment should not be based only on prior evidence. An individualized approach should be taken when using Evidence-based practice. I agree that children and juveniles who have severe mental health problems that are left unresolved grow up to be adults with the same problems or worst. I like the way in which it is explained. It's almost as if it's a domino effect. This podcast sparked a new way for me to look at climate change. Prior to listening to this podcast, I have always viewed climate change as an environmental issue. Indeed climate change is an issue of social justice as well. I was not aware that there is a relationship between each individual who is displaced by civil conflict and individuals who are displaced due to climate change. All three projects that are being worked on sound like a breakthrough for society, I hope the projects will all be successful. Altogether, this podcast is insightful. I agree that it is necessary to collaborate and build relationships in order to get the best results in our society.

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Average Rating: 5stars  great episode, Sunday, February 03, 2019

By Allison L :

As a student who is learning the importance of evidence-based practice, I found this episode helpful in understanding the obstacles and missed opportunities social workers face when incorporating research into practice. The first point I found helpful was Dr. Palinkas’ critique on the traditional way change models have been disseminated. It seems that information is being generated but left floating around, waiting for someone to catch on. Also, it is a shame how a lot of the forms practitioners fill out may not utilized simply because administration does not know how to use that data. I hope his research developing trainings will be successful in helping agencies use that data to make informed decisions about whether or not to adopt evidence-based practices. A third point I found significant was the importance Dr. Palinkas put on building relationships between academic researchers, practitioners and policy makers --especially in the future for mitigating the effects of climate change. I was shocked to hear him say that for every person displaced by civil conflict, three are displaced due to climate change. This episode is a good reminder of how important it is to use the person in environment perspective because, as Dr. Palinkas shows, physical environment as essential to social well-being and losses in the environment can lead to social problems. This episode inspired me to find out more information on how climate change contributed the civil conflict in Syria. The link below is a good resource if anyone else would like find out more too:

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