Evidence-Based Practices for Social Workers: An Interdisciplinary Approach (3rd edition)

ISBN : 9780190059378

Thomas O'Hare
832 Pages
178 x 254 mm
Pub date
May 2020
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Within the context of the growing demands for ethical, legal, and fiscal accountability in psychosocial practices, Evidence-Based Practice for Social Workers: An Interdisciplinary Approach, Third Edition provides a coherent, comprehensive and useful resource for social workers and other human service professionals. This fully updated text teaches readers to 1) conduct clinical assessments informed by current human behaviour science; 2) implement interventions supported by current outcome research; and 3) engage in evaluation as part of daily practice to ensure effective implementation of evidence-based practices.

Sample assessment/evaluation instruments (contributed by leading experts) allow practitioners and students to better understand their use as both assessment and evaluation tools. Case studies and sample treatment plans help the reader bridge the gap between clinical research and everyday practice. Overall, Evidence-Based Practice for Social Workers provides practitioners and students with a thoroughly researched yet practice-oriented resource for learning and implementing effective assessment, intervention and evaluation methods for a wide array of psychosocial disorders and problems-in-living in adults, children and families.


Part I: Defining Evidence-Based Practice for Social Workers
Chapter 1: Definition, Processes, and Principles
Chapter 2: Qualitative and Quantitative Assessment
Chapter 3: Selecting and Implementing Interventions
Chapter 4: Testing Interventions and Evaluating Programs
Part II: Adult Disorders
Chapter 5: Schizophrenia Spectrum Disorders
Chapter 6: Depressive and Bipolar Disorders
Chapter 7: Substance Use Disorders
Chapter 8: Panic Disorder, Agoraphobia, and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
Chapter 9: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Chapter 10: Antisocial and Borderline Personality Disorders
Part III: Problems and Disorders of Couples, Children, and Families
Chapter 11: Distressed Couples
Chapter 12: Anxiety and Depression in Children and Adolescents
Chapter 13: Conduct Disorder and ADHD in Children and Adolescents
Chapter 14: Child Abuse and Neglect
Chapter 15: Eating Disorders
Chapter 16: Substance Abuse and Co-occurring Problems in Adolescents and Young Adults
Afterword: The Future of Evidence-Based Practice for Social Workers
A Psychosocial Well-Being Scale (PSWS)
B Shortform Assessment for Children (SAC)
C Practice Skills Inventory (PSI)
D Substance Abuse Treatment Self-Efficacy Scale (SATSES)
E Addiction Severity Index
F Score Form, Borderline Personality Disorder Severity Index, Version IV
G Scoring Worksheet for PTSD Index, Child Version
H About the Instruments

About the author: 

Thomas O'Hare, PhD, MSW, is Associate Professor at Boston College Graduate School of Social Work

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