• Social Work
  • Counseling
  • Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Psychology
Hours: 10 Contact Hours
Author(s): Textbook Authors:
  • Robert E. Drake, MD, PhD
  • Matthew R. Merrens, PhD
  • David W. Lynde, MSW, LICSW
Workbook Author:
  • Linda Valente, RN, MS, APN
Item#: B4006
1 Textbook, 1 Exam Workbook (15 pages)

Evidence-Based Mental Health Practice

Price $64.95
Item # B4006
When available, the Online Course format is included with the hard copy, eBook, or audio book formats!

Evidence-based practices are increasingly viewed as the means for providing the best available mental health care. Mental health services that are based on the best scientific evidence available improve the quality of life for people diagnosed with severe mental illness. This course examines the fundamental principles of evidence-based mental health and the challenges of implementing an evidence-based practice. Clinical decision-making based on evidence enhances mental health practice by providing established treatment protocols to consumers with severe mental illness. This intermediate level course provides an in-depth examination of six evidence-based practices for adults with severe mental illness and instructs the practitioner in implementing these treatments.

Social workers will receive 10 (Clinical Content) continuing education clock hours in participating in this course.

Click here for a list of supplemental references.

Granpeesheh, D., Tarbox, J., Najdowski, A., & Kornack, J. (2014). Evidence-based treatment for children with autism: The CARD model. Waltham, MA: Academic Press.

McHugh, R. K., & Barlow, D. H. (2012). Dissemination and implementation of evidence-based psychological interventions. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

Mills, K. L., Teesson, M., Back, S. E., Brady, K. T., Baker, A. L., Hopwood, S., Sannibale, C., . . . Ewer, P. L. (2012). Integrated exposure-based therapy for co-occurring posttraumatic stress disorder and substance dependence. JAMA, 308(7), 690–699. doi:10.1001/jama.2012.9071

Sanetti, L. M. H., & Kratochwill, T. R. (2014). Treatment integrity: A foundation for evidence-based practice in applied psychology. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Seligman, L., & Reichenberg, L. W. (2014). Selecting effective treatments: A comprehensive systematic guide to treating mental disorders. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley and Sons.

Spring, B., & Neville, K. (2014). Evidence-based practice in clinical psychology. In D. H. Barlow (Ed.), The Oxford handbook of clinical psychology (Updated ed., pp. 128–149). New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

Torrey, W. C., Bond, G. R., McHugo, G. J., & Swain, K. (2012). Evidence-based practice implementation in community mental health settings: The relative importance of key domains of implementation activity. Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research, 39(5), 353–364.

Townsend, M. C. (2014). Essentials of psychiatric mental health nursing: Concepts of care in evidence-based practice (6th ed.). Philadelphia, PA: F. A. Davis.

Weisz, J. R., Ugueto, A. M., Cheron, D. M., & Herren, J. (2013). Evidence-based youth psychotherapy in the mental health ecosystem. Journal of Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology, 42(2). doi:10.1080/15374416.2013.764824

Williams, L., Patterson, J., & Edwards, T. M. (2014). Clinician’s guide to research methods in family therapy: Foundations of evidence-based practice. New York, NY: Guilford Press.

Course Objectives
  • Discuss the principles of evidence-based mental health practice and the barriers that impede its widespread implementation.
  • Define severe mental illness (SMI) identify the challenges faced by individuals with SMI and outline the development of community-based mental health services.
  • Formulate a plan to include research methods proven interventions and evaluation criteria in starting an evidence-based practice.
  • Explain how evidence-based practices will change the future of mental health care.
  • Summarize the components of the following six evidence-based practices for persons with severe mental illness: assertive community treatment integrated dual-disorder treatment supported employment illness management and recovery family psychoeducation and medication management.
Linda Valente, RN, MS, APN, is a faculty member in the College of Nursing at Bradley University, Peoria, IL. She is a family nurse practitioner currently working in geriatrics and mental health. Mrs.Valente obtained her masters degree in nursing education from the University of Wyoming, and her family nurse practitioner certificate from Northern Illinois University. She has practiced and taught nursing in such places as Zimbabwe, Africa and near the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. She is past president and a current member of the Central Illinois Psychiatric Nurses Association (CIPNA). Mrs.Valente has spent years as an advocate for her son, who has a chronic mental illness and is currently attending college and working part-time.
  • Contact hours will be awarded for up to one (1) year from the date the course is ordered.
  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
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  • All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.