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The Evidence-Based Internship

A Field Manual

Barbara Thomlison and Kevin Corcoran

Publication Date - 07 December 2007

ISBN: 9780195323504

464 pages
7 x 10 inches

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This is one field manual that students will find useful long after they have complete their internship.


The Evidence-Based Internship is a unique teaching and learning tool that combines an internship manual with a text on evidence-based practice. Designed for students entering their field placements in social work and criminal justice-which often overlap-it is built on the premise that students, agencies, and field instructors should be able to provide clients with the best, evidenced-based practice methods currently available. Giving students the confidence to begin their field assignment, it is filled with useful strategies for successfully navigating the internship and honing the skills necessary to become accountable practitioners.

Worksheets, checklists, and in-depth case scenarios illustrate legal and ethical issues, interview and assessment skills, techniques for gathering evidence for a variety of problems in mental health and corrections settings, and preparing an employment portfolio. This is one field manual that students will find useful long after they have completed their internship.


  • Relevant to students in a broad range of fields
  • No other book is available that addresses criminal justice students seeking internships
  • Guides students not only through the process of getting an internship but also throughout the experience, showing them what they should be learning
  • Each chapter is followed by a case study that illustrates what has been discussed

About the Author(s)

Barbara Thomlison, PhD, is Professor of Social Work and Director of the Institute for Families and Children at Risk at Florida International University.

Kevin Corcoran, PhD, JD, Professor of Social Work at Portland State University.


"Thomlison and Corcoran have authored a text that has refurbished the traditional internship into a fresh, evidence-based experience for the fledgling intern."--Research on Social Work Practice

"Thomlison and Corcoran have crafted an in-depth and substantive manual for student internships. The manual builds on the best research evidence and applies that evidence in a way that makes situations in the field come alive for students. The book is conceptual and applied, combining the best of both approaches. I highly recommend it."-Scott Decker, Curator's Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice, University of Missouri - St. Louis

"Every student entering a field internship should read this useful book. All of the tools necessary to have a successful field experience are contained in this volume. It is a unique and comprehensive evidence-based manual that social work and criminal justice students will find extremely useful during their field internships."-Elizabeth C. Pomeroy, Professor of Social Work, University of Texas - Austin

Table of Contents

    Part I: Defining Evidence-Based Practices for Internships
    1. What Is Evidence-Based Practice And An Evidence-Based Internship? Case Study: Early Search for Evidence, by Joel Fischer
    2. Chapter 2: Learning the Ropes of The Internship Setting, with Gerard LaSalle Case study: The Initial Placement, by T. Alex Washington
    3. Ethics, Values And Legal Issues For Internships, with Brian C. Renauer Case Study: Unintended Confidentiality And Mandatory Reporting, by Elizabeth Mayfield Arnold
    4. Evidence-Based Practices For Supervision Case Study: The Patient In The Next Desk, by Kim Strom-Gottfried & Nikki D. Mowbray
    Part II: Evidence-Based Practice Skills and Interventions For Internships
    5. Evidence-Based Skills For Interviewing Case Study: In The Nick Of Time, by David W. Springer and Stephen J. Tripodi
    6. Evidence-Based Skills for Assessment Case study by Patricia B. Higgins & Shannon C. Wright
    7. Motivational Interviewing Skills, by Christopher Rice Case Study: Ernie Seeks Treatment, by Mandy Davis
    8. Identifying Evidence-Based Practice Interventions for Co-Occurring Conditions, with Robin Jacobs and Jennifer Becker Case Study: Assertive Community Treatment For A Person With Severe And Persistent Mental Illness, by Victoria Stanhope and Phyllis Solomon
    9. Identifying Evidence-Based Practices For Mental Health Conditions, by Dan Coleman Case study by Catheleen Jordan
    10. Evidence-Based Practices for At-Risk Violent and Delinquent Youth, by Jennifer Abeloff Case Study: Finding Mitigating Evidence, by Melissa Kuperberg and Jose B. Ashford
    11. Identifying Evidence-Based Practice In Corrections, by Doris Layton MacKenzie Case Study: A Jail Diversion Program: Bridging The Classroom and Practice, by Marian Dumaine
    12. Chapter 12: Evidence Based Practices For Risk Assessment, by Jill Levenson Case study: The Assault, by Mandy Davis
    Part III: Using Evidence in Practice
    13. Gathering Your Own Evidence Case study: Its My Pleasure, by Bruce Thyer and M. Elizabeth Vonk
    14. Guidelines For Assessing Competencies: Preventing Good Placements From Going Bad Case Study: The Rehabilitative Ideal and The Dissimilarities In Criminal Justice and Social Work Practice, by Barbara Thomas and Wands Roy
    15. From Internship to Employment: Preparing Your Practice Portfolio Case study by Jenny Powers
    16. Identifying Resources for Applying Best Professional Practices, by Catherine Dulmus and Karen M. Sowers Case study: The Multidimensional Client and Family, by Cynthia Franklin and Tammy Linseisen