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Course: Evidence-Based Practice in Clinical Social Work
by James W. Drisko, PhD and Melissa D. Grady, PhD

CE Credit Hours: 12
Fee: $44

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'This volume is a superb and user friendly resource for clinical social workers interested in incorporating the Evidence Based Practice (EBP) approach into their practice.' -Jeanne W. Anastas, LMSW, President of the NASW; Professor, NYU Silver School of Social Work, NY

'Beautifully written by two broadly experienced clinicians and social researchers, the text is erudite, comprehensive, and apt to be greeted enthusiastically by practitioners across the human services'. -Matthew Owen Howard, PhD, Frank Daniels Distinguished Professor, U of North Carolina, Editor, Social Work Research

This book introduces the core ideas and the practice of Evidence Based Practice (EBP) and critically explores them. It illustrates them by applying the concepts and process to real cases. The value of EBP is established, while the authors address its limitations and challenges.

The case examples reveal how important clinical knowledge and expertise are, to doing EBP well. It also points out how client preference and common resource limitations shape and limit EBP. This text walks clinicians through the kinds of materials, terminology and analyses found in high quality systematic reviews e.g., Cochrane Collaboration and Campbell Collaboration systematic reviews. -Amended from the book

Educational Objectives

Upon completion of this course, the clinician will be able to:

  • Define EBP and describe its core principles.
  • Implement the six steps of EBP in clinical practice.
  • Engage clients as active participants in the process of EBP.
  • Share more therapeutic information from meta-analysis and systematic reviews of the literature.
  • Communicate research findings to clients as part of the EBP process.
  • Describe current education and supervision issues and ongoing controversies related to EBP.

Syllabus / Course Instructions

  • This course is appropriate for CE for beginning, intermediate and advanced level clinicians and addiction professionals.
  • The Course consists of reading the selected book, successfully completing an online posttest and filling out a course evaluation.
  • The book is not included. It must be purchased separately. We have supplied a link to for your convenience.
  • Purchasing your course will give you access to both a printable copy of the test and an online version. Print the test to use as a companion as you read the book and answer the questions.
  • You cannot exit the online test once you begin, so have your answers ready.
  • This course does not qualify for NBCC credit.
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Bio: James W. Drisko, MSW, PhD

Smith College School for Social Work

Dr. James Drisko's areas of professional interest include clinical practice with children and families, reactive attachment disorder and its treatment, psychotherapy evaluation and qualitative research methods. Dr. Drisko is also interested in psychosocial assessment, individual psychotherapy, time-limited and intermittent psychotherapy, play psychotherapy and service planning. For the past several years, he has explored technological innovations affecting social work research and social work education. Recent publications and presentations have focused on clinical practice with children, play therapy, practice evaluation, qualitative research methods, and teaching and advising methods.

Education: B.A. Amherst College; MSW, Smith College of Social Work; Ph.D., Boston College Graduate School of Social Work

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Bio: Melissa D. Grady, Phd, MSW, LCSW

Catholic University of America School of Social Service

Dr. Melissa D. Grady received her M.S.W. and Ph.D. from Smith College School of Social Work. Her clinical experience includes both work in the public mental health sector and private sector. Her clinical experience includes clients who have experienced trauma, depression, anxiety, anger management as well as other mental health issues. In addition, Dr. Grady has worked with parents who are separating and divorcing and struggle with co-parenting. In addition, she has practiced, writes about and conducts research and trainings on sex offenders and evidence-based treatment practices. She is formerly a faculty member at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's School of Social Work and is now currently on the faculty of Catholic University National School of Social Service where she teaches in the areas of mental health, clinical practice, clinical theory and research methods.

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