1st Edition

Multidimensional Evidence-Based Practice
Synthesizing Knowledge, Research, and Values

ISBN 9780789036773
Published July 30, 2008 by Routledge
224 Pages

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Book Description

Multidimensional Evidence-Based Practice (MEBP) is a new and comprehensive approach to determining best practices in social services.

MEBP improves upon traditional evidence-based approaches by incorporating the views of consumers and professionals, qualitative research and values. The book begins with a review of the context of best practice enquiry and goes on to present the seven steps of the MEBP model, discussing each step in detail. The model is appraised and explains how questions are formed, how various forms of knowledge and evidence are summarized and evaluated, and how values are used to both critique current best practices and point towards needed improvements. The final seven chapters illustrate the MEBP process at work specific to a range of topics including best practices in the prevention of child abuse and best practices in restorative justice.

This book will be of interest to social workers and other professionals involved in the delivery of human services. It is also suitable for students and researchers of evidence-based practice.

Table of Contents

Foreword  Irwin Epstein  Preface  1. Best Practices Context  2. Multidimensional Evidence Based Practice  3. Best Practices for Preventing Maltreatment of Children Ages Birth to Five  Jacqueline M. Counts  4. Best Practices to Prevent Teen Pregnancy  Emily McCave  5. Best Practices for Facilitating Access to Health Care for Children of the Poor  Karen Flint Stipp  6. Best Practices to Engage Parents of Children Receiving Mental Health Services  Tara McLendon  7. Best Practices for Children and Youth in Therapeutic Foster Care to Improve Level of Functioning and Subsequent Discharge to Less Restrictive Environments  Uta M. Walter  8. Best Practices for Crime Victims and Offenders to Achieve Restorative Justice Outcomes in the United States  Jung Jin Choi  9. Best Practices for Helping Clients Diagnosed with a Serious Mental Illness Utilize Spirituality as a Recovery Tool  Vincent Starnino  Postscript

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Christopher G. Petr is Professor of the School of Social Welfare at the University of Kansas, USA. He is also a licensed clinical social worker in Kansas, and practiced for a number of years at the local Community Mental Health Center.


"In this important book Dr Petr and his contributors demonstrate how the multidimensional evidence-based approach can be applied in a range of human services contexts. This volume represents a significant contribution to international scholarship in the field of evidence-based social work practice."

Nick Gould, Professor of Social Work, University of Bath, UK.