Accessing Information About Evidence-Based Practices

Accessing Information About Evidence-Based Practices

Research questions on the 12 step program

How effective is the program?

Is it an evidence-based program?

How much does the program cost?

Summaries of the two interventions and their respective research regarding the effectiveness

The first intervention uses cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), which has been effective according to the research presented by Hofmann et al. (2012). In the study, CBT showed a higher response rate and matched the problems experienced by the patients. Likewise, CBT was widely applied to several problems, from substance abuse to mental health issues. The therapy is also applicable for low-income persons, and it has been deemed to have no to minimal side effects throughout the patient’s recovery process. Enough research is also provided in the article to back up the intervention.

The second intervention is the 12 step facilitation program applied by social workers in helping patients with substance use disorders. The program is very affordable and is also known as a low-cost community program. There are many active involvements in the 12 step program in the research conducted by Kelly et al. (2013).

Recommendations for Tiffani’s social worker that address the following:

Factors to consider when choosing between the two interventions

The factors to be considered will include the . A good program should not cost much because the treatment may be prolonged, thereby inconveniencing the patient. Another factor to be considered is the program’s quality for which it should be evidence-based to show its effectiveness in quality performed studies. Another important factor is that the program should match the patient’s condition to avoid irrelevancy and unnecessary costs since there will be no positive outcomes. Lastly, one should consider the organizational set of resources offered by the program.

The social work skills that the staff would require to implement the intervention

Some of the social workers’ skills include decision-making and analytical skills to enable them to assess the interventions for the clients. Likewise, the social worker should have good communication skills that will be needed to educate and convince the patients on the best program to peruse with (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 2018). Substance abuse and management skills are also essential. They should also have research-based skills to source and analyze the programs’ effectiveness based on the Evidence provided in the research.

The training required to implement each intervention

The training required to implement the CBT is the psychology training to study the patients’ behaviors and reaction towards stimuli (Small et al., 2007). On the other hand, the training needed for the 12 step program includes therapy and clinical trials and tests.

An evaluation of evidence-based practice based on your reaction to the experience, in which you address the following questions:

Would you, as a beginning researcher, have enough knowledge to benefit from researching evidence-based practices? Why or why not?

Yes, I have many benefits to gain from the Evidence-based researchers to help me develop future credible research that can be backed up with substantial Evidence. Another benefit is getting enough information to present my future research to agencies for approval (National Association of Social workers, n.d.). Likewise, I have learned that Evidence-based research can improve the public’s trust and confidence in given interventions. There are also the cost benefits of Evidence-based programs.

How might the research that you conducted increase your confidence in the intervention with Tiffani?

The research conducted has enabled me to effectively handle tiffanies situations by using Evidence-based interventions (The California Evidence-based Clearinghouse for Child Welfare, 2018). The interventions will work effectively because they have been tested and positive results seen in different scenarios that apply to her substance abuse conditions.

Is the information provided enough to decide on interventions? Why or why not?

Yes, the information provided is enough for decision making on tiffanies because there is enough Evidence to support the interventions. As the social worker had stated, the twelve-step model is also an Evidence-based model. Therefore, patients only need to be educated and informed of the models well before use.


Hofmann, S. G., Asnaani, A., Vonk, I. J., Sawyer, A. T., & Fang, A. (2012). The efficacy of cognitive behavioral therapy: A review of meta-analyses. Cognitive therapy and research36(5), 427-440.

Kelly, J. F., Stout, R. L., & Slaymaker, V. (2013). Emerging adults’ treatment outcomes in relation to 12-step mutual-help attendance and active involvement. Drug and alcohol dependence129(1-2), 151-157.

National Association of Social workers.(n.d.). Evidence-based practice. Retrieved from  

Small, S., A, cooney, S., M, Eastman, G and o’connor., C, (2007). Guidelines for selecting an evidence‐based program: Balancing community needs, program quality,   and

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. (2018). Evidence-based practice resource center.  

The California Evidence-based Clearinghouse for Child Welfare. (2018). Program registry.  Retrieved from .