The Hope Source’s Dr. Momi Yamanaka will be regularly posting about various topics to differentiate and clarify between “this” vs. “that”. This is the first post in the series.
Evidence-based Practice (EBP) vs. Evidence-based Treatment (EBT)
Consensus among most medical associations including the American Psychological Association and National Association of Social Workers define “evidence –based practice” as clinical practice involving the integration of clinical expertise, research, and client preferences and values to
determine the best treatment option. Licensed clinicians have the expertise to be able to adjust treatment protocol when a modality is not effective for their client.
One component of EBP is Evidence-based Treatment (EBT). EBT are interventions that have been proven effective by the research community. The role of the clinician is to use EBP to determine what EBTs are available for their client and if it is a good fit. It is critical to note that emerging treatments may be the most effective for your client and not to discount them because they lack EBT status.