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Foundations of Evidence-Based Social Work Practice

Edited by Albert R. Roberts and Kenneth R. Yeager

Publication Date - February 2006

ISBN: 9780195305586

464 pages
6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

This text is a must for evidence-based social work practice.


This concise introduction to evidence-based social work is a student-friendly overview of the issues and methods most frequently encountered while preparing for evidence-based social work practice.
Part I defines terms and critical issues, introducing students to the language and importance of evidence-based practice and critical thinking. Chapters will explain how to search for and evaluate evidence, how to ask the right questions, how to develop standards, and how to make use of the best research. Part II illustrates practical applications, including such topics as cognitive-behavioral approaches to suicide risks, manualized treatment with children, treating juvenile delinquents, and interventions for OCD, anxiety disorders, substance abuse, PTSD, depression, and recovery.
This much-needed overview familiarizes students with the process and practice of evidence-based social work, teaching them to be critical thinkers and judicious decision-makers. The guidelines it distills are equally valuable to seasoned practitioners seeking to better serve their clients, making this an excellent foundation for the study and practice of evidence-based social work.


  • Introduces students to the process and practice of evidence-based social work
  • Makes the most relevant portions of the acclaimed Evidence-Based Practice Manual available at a student-friendly price

About the Author(s)

Albert R. Roberts, Ph.D., is Professor of Social Work and Criminal Justice at Rutgers University. His most recent books include Crisis Intervention Handbook, Third Edition (2005), Juvenile Justice Sourcebook (2004), and Social Workers' Desk Reference (2002).
Kenneth R. Yeager, Ph.D., is Director of Quality and Operational Improvement at Ohio State University and Harding Behavioral Healthcare and Medicine as well as Director of OSU and Harding Outpatient Psychiatric Clinics.


"This textbook is a remarkable achievement that represents the latest thinking on evidence-based practice. It is exceptionally well-written and provides the necessary foundation, knowledge, and skills on which all social workers can build and advance the profession."--Tony Tripodi, Dean and Professor Emeritus, The Ohio State University College of Social Work

"Brilliant...with its user-friendly, quick-reference format, this textbook is very much needed in social work education and practice. I applaud Roberts and Yeager's innovative approach to meeting the growing demands for evidence-based social work resources."--Catherine N. Dulmus, Ph.D., The University of Tennessee College of Social Work, and co-editor, Journal of Evidence-Based Social Work

"This is a groundbreaking book that brings evidenced-based practice to life with the most practical and insightful illustrations and studies. The most up-to-date and well written textbook on evidence-based social work practice, this is a must-have for social workers interested in cutting-edge clinical and policy practice."--David W. Springer, Ph.D., University Distinguished Teaching Professor, The University of Texas at Austin School of Social Work

"...an excellent orientation to this important development for psychologists and social workers alike, and it represents a natural evolution of the commitment both fields have toward integrating the best of science with the noblest of human values in providing care to those in need."--PsycCRITIQUES

"Foundations of Evidence Based Social Work Practice provides guidelines and insights that may help social work students and practitioners to understand EBP and engage in it, to the benefit of their clients." --British Journal of Social Work

"This concise introduction to evidence-based social work is a student-friendly overview of the issues and methods most frequently encountered while preparing for evidence-based social work practice."--Adolescence

"The directory of Internet resources on EPB, including tutorials on evidence-based medicine (EBM) as well as other books and material, provide useful links and tips for implementing EBP. The 60-paged glossary is also a welcomed inclusion to the book...a good breadth of coverage."--Families in Society: The Journal of Contemporary Social Services

Table of Contents

    I. Overview, Definitions, Practice, Guidelines, and Critical Issues
    1. Designing, Searching For, Finding, and Implementing Practice-Based Research and Evidence-Based Studies, Albert R. Roberts, Ph.D. and Kenneth Yeager, Ph.D.
    2. The Evidence For and Against Evidence-Based Practice, Edward J. Mullen, D.S.W., and David L. Streiner, Ph.D.
    3. What is Evidence-Based Practice?, Bruce A. Thyer, Ph.D.
    4. A Practical Approach to Formulating Evidence-Based Questions in Social Work, Kenneth R. Yeager, Ph.D. and Albert R. Roberts, Ph.D.
    5. Implementing Best Practice and Expert Consensus Procedures, Kevin Corcoran, Ph.D., J.D. and Vikki L. Vandiver, M.S.W., D.P.H.
    6. Overview of Evidence-Based Practices, Richard N.Rosenthal, M.D.
    7. Implementaion of Practice Guidelines and Evidence-Based Treatment: A Survey of Psychiatrists, Psychologists, and Social Workers, Edward J. Mullen, D.S.W. and William Bacon, Ph.D.
    8. Concise Standards for Developing Evidence-Based Practice Guidelines, Enola K. Proctor, Ph.D., Aaron Rosen
    9. Will the Real Evidence-Based Practice Please Stand Up? Teaching the Process of Evidence-Based Practice to Helping Professions, Aron Shlonsky, Ph.D., Leonard Gibbs, Ph.D.
    10. Health Care Evidence-Based Practice: A Product of Political and Cultural Times, Sophia F. Dziegielewski, Ph.D., Albert R. Roberts, Ph.D.
    11. Building a Common Language in Mental Health Care Delivery, Gregory Teague, Ph.D., Thomas Trabin, Ph.D. and Charles Ray, M.Ed.
    12. Facilitating Practitioner Use of Evidence-Based Practice, Edward J. Mullen, D.S.W.
    13. Developing a Systematic Evidence-Based Search Plan for a Client with Co-Occurring Conditions, Barbara Thomlinson, Ph.D. and Robin J. Jacobs, M.S.W.
    14. A Cognitive-Behavioral Approach to Suicide Risk Reduction in Crisis Intervention, Marjorie E. Weishaar, Ph.D.
    15. Task-Centered Practice: An Exemplar of Evidence-Based Practice, William Reid, D.S.W. and Anne E. Fortune, Ph.D.
    16. Evidence-Based Practice and Manualized Treatment with Children, Craig Winston LeCroy, Ph.D. and Scott Okamoto, Ph.D.
    17. Evidence-Based Treatment for Traumatized and Abused Children, Carlton Munson, Ph.D.
    18. Treating Juvenile Delinquents with Conduct Disorder, ADHD, and Oppositional Defiance Disorder, David W. Springer, Ph.D.
    19. Evidence-Based Treatments for Obssessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD): Deciding What Treatment Method Works for Whom?, Jonathan S. Abramowitz, Ph.D. and Stephanie A. Schwartz, Ph.D.
    20. The Implications of Controlled Outcome Studies on Planned Short-Term Psychotherapy with Depressive Disorders, Bernard L. Bloom, Ph.D., Kenneth R. Yeager, Ph.D., and Albert R. Roberts, Ph.D.
    21. Evidence-Based Practice with Anxiety Disorders: Guidelines Based on 59 Outcome Studies, Bernard Bloom, Ph.D., Kenneth R. Yeager, Ph.D., and Albert R. Roberts, Ph.D.
    22. Psychoeducation as Evidence-Based Practice: Considerations for Practice, Research, and Policy, Ellen P. Lukens, Ph.D. and William R. McFarlane, M.D.
    23. Mental Illness, Substance Dependence, and Suicidality, Kenneth R. Yeager, Ph.D. and Albert R. Roberts, Ph.D.
    24. Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy of Persons with PTSD: An Evidence-Based Approach, M. Elizabeth Vonk, Ph.D., Patrick Bordnick, Ph.D., and Ken Graap, M.S.W.
    25. Recovery: Expanding the Vision of Evidence-Based Practice, Phyllis Solomon, Ph.D. and Victoria Stanhope, M.S.W.