Evidence-based Practice in Clinical Psychology

Bonnie Spring and Kelly Neville

in The Oxford Handbook of Clinical Psychology

Published in print December 2010 | ISBN: 9780195366884
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

 Evidence-based Practice in Clinical Psychology

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The Institute of Medicine identifies evidence-based practice (EBP) as a core competence for all 21st century health professionals (Greiner & Knebel, 2003). Psychology is a relative newcomer to the evidence-based movement, having just adopted EBP as policy in 2005 ( Evidence-based practice is both a conceptual model and a process for basing clinical decision-making on the integration of research, client characteristics, and resource considerations. We describe the evolution of models of EBP across the health disciplines and discuss how the concepts and methods of EBP apply in clinical psychology. Psychologists’ roles in relation to EBP are as creators, synthesizers, and consumers of evidence. We consider implications of EBP’s adoption for clinical psychology training, and describe learning resources that support clinical psychologists in mastering EBP.

Keywords: Behavioral science training; clinical psychology; decision-making; empirically supported treatment; evidence-based practice

Article.  14698 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Clinical Psychology

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