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PSYC6117 Evidence Based Practice

Module Overview

Clinical Psychologists often work with clients with complex presentations, and around the limits of available evidence. Hence, it is important to understand possible responses to this situation. This module will focus on developing your understanding of what ‘evidence based practice’ (EBP) is and is not; and your ability to evaluate evidence to inform your practice

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

This module will focus on developing your understanding of what "evidence based practice" (EBP) is and is not; and your ability to evaluate evidence to inform your practice.

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Explain what is meant by ‘evidence’, and differentiate and categorize the quality of different types of ‘evidence
  • Articulate the role(s) of EBP in clinical psychology and the role(s) of clinical psychology in EBP; the pathways via which evidence is built, amassed and progressed.
  • Analyse the strengths and limitations of different types of ‘evidence’
  • Respond critically to arguments against the principles of EBP
  • Critically evaluate examples of ‘evidence’ from literature and practice

Syllabus

Curriculum will comprise the following components: • Conceptual specification of evidence based practice. • Different types of evidence, how they are obtained and their value. • What facilitates EBP, what hinders EBP, feasibility of EBP. • Considerations for developing as an evidence based practitioner

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching will comprise different methods, including lectures, seminars, directed reading, discussion in journal club and independent study.

TypeHours
Independent Study134
Teaching16
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

esp Lilienfeld et al (2013). Clinical Psychology Review. special issue on EBP. ,33 , pp. 0.

Kazdin, A. E. (2008). Evidence-based treatment and practice: new opportunities to bridge clinical research and practice, enhance the knowledge base, and improve patient care. American Psychologist. ,63 , pp. 146.

APA Presidential Task Force on Evidence-Based Practice (2006). Evidence-based practice in psychology.. The American Psychologist. ,61 , pp. 271.

Psychotherapy, 49, 2,. special issue – less sure of its suitability – possibly preaching to the converted.

Heatherington, L., Messer, S. B., Angus, L., Strauman, T. J., Friedlander, M. L., & Kolden, G. G. (2012). The narrowing of theoretical orientations in clinical psychology doctoral training. Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice. ,19 , pp. 364-374.

Williams, M. E., Rogers, K. C., Carson, M. C., Sherer, S., & Hudson, B. O. (2012). Opportunities arising from transformation from treatment as usual to evidence-based practice. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice. ,43 , pp. 9.

Gallo, K. P., & Barlow, D. H. (202). Factors Involved in Clinician Adoption and Nonadoption of Evidence-Based Interventions in Mental Health.. Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice. ,19 , pp. 93-106.

Kazdin, A. E. (2009). Bridging science and practice to improve patient care. 

Assessment

Formative

Presentation

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Peer review 100%

Referral

MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework assignment(s) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal

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