What is Evidenced-Based Practice? (EBP)
Evidence Based Treatment means you GET BETTER FASTER!
Once upon a time, there were the “soft sciences”. Psychological problems were treated with psychoanalysis and other methods that were based on theory, personal hunch and were not very scientific.
Over the last 20 years, the field of psychiatry and psychology began looking to scientific studies to understand human behavior and how to provide more effective therapy to help people with their problems. 3 factors led to this movement:
- We are learning so much more about the brain and biology of human behavior.
- We started to do scientifically designed experimental studies with clients comparing treatment effectiveness using different approaches
- There was more university, state and federal grant funding for research.
The basic principles of Evidenced-Based Practice
The basic principles of Evidenced-Based Practice are that all treatment decisions made should be based on research studies demonstrating the effectiveness of the therapy, (not just theory) and that treatment progress should be measured in standardized ways to insure achievement of the outcomes desired.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) has had the most research demonstrating its effectiveness in decreasing many of the most common emotional/behavioral problems that prompt people to seek treatment.
We, at Tampa Bay Center for Cognitive Behavior Therapy pride ourselves on providing treatment using Evidence-Based Practices insuring that you, the client have a much better chance of getting healthier quicker. The most common models of Evidence-Based Treatments we use are Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Exposure/Response Prevention treatments (ERP) like Mastery of Anxiety and Panic for Adolescents (MAP-A) for anxiety disorders and OCD; Prolonged Exposure (PE) and Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) for PTSD; Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT); Behavioral Activation (BA) for Depression; the Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicidality (CAMS) and we are constantly training in other researched and proven models of treatment. These treatments cover problems with depression and other mood disorders, suicidality, anxiety, substance abuse, eating disorders, PTSD and Borderline Personality Disorder.
For a more academic reading on Evidence-Based Treatments, link to the article below.