Creating Public Health Policy

Bruce F. Chorpita, Jeanne Miranda and Adam Bernstein

in The Oxford Handbook of Clinical Psychology

Published in print May 2014 | ISBN: 9780199328710
Published online November 2014 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

Creating Public Health Policy

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In recent years, clinical psychology has made significant contributions to mental health policy through its increasing focus on the notion of evidence-based practice and an empirical approach to clinical decision-making. These developments have not been without challenges, however. Most notable are issues with the acceptability of treatment design among practitioners and the difficulty of implementing and sustaining high-quality practices in real-world contexts. Two specific barriers central to these challenges are discussed, namely, the highly specialized architecture of most research-based mental health treatments and the unavailability of a dedicated supervisory and training infrastructure. Solutions are proposed that suggest the need to rethink both the way treatments are packaged and the way they are supported in real-world practice.

Keywords: Clinical psychology; evidence-based practice; mental health; mental health policy; public health policy

Article.  9354 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Clinical Psychology ; Health Psychology

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