Training in Evidence-Based Practice across the Professional Continuum

The benefits of evidence-based practice (EBP) and the utilization of evidence-based treatments (EBTs) is well documented in the professional practice and training literature. However, the literature explaining methods by which to train and supervise professionals in these areas is less clear. To facilitate the highest level of clinical care, mental health trainee, professionals, and those who educate and supervise clinicians will benefit from identifying and evaluating effective and efficient methods for implementing EBP and EBTs. This manuscript reports on three programs across the training and professional continuum that provide training and supervision/consultation on EBT. Commonalities among the program include an individualized training approach, the use of active learning strategies, and measuring individuals’ progress in learning and/or outcomes. Data regarding student response to EBP and EBT training in graduate study is provided. Additionally, a model for internship training in clinical research and clinical practice is described. Finally, pilot data is provided regarding training methods for preparing professional clinicians to provide an EBT. The development of models addressing EBP and EBT in academic, training and professional practice areas is instrumental in developing skilled clinicians and researchers able to address the clinical needs of their clients