~ From our colleagues at the Child & Family Evidence Based Practice Consortium ~
The Child and Family Evidence Based Practice Consortium encourages you to submit an abstract for a special issue of the Journal of Social Work Education that focuses upon a key conceptual next step in professional workforce development: How to integrate evidence based practice and implementation science in academic and field curricula.
Impetus for this special issue emerged from the Consortium’s study of evidence-based practice in North American MSW curricula (Bertram, Charnin, Kerns, & Long, 2015) and subsequent Janus series of webinars for MSW faculty (https://ebpconsortium.com/webinars/msw-faculty-webinars/ ).
- Please review the call for abstracts. Note the July 31, 2016 submission deadline. If selected, the final manuscript will be due by December 31, 2016.
Call for Abstracts: Integrating Evidence-Based Practice and Implementation Science in Academic and Field Curricula
Co-Editors: Rosalyn M. Bertram, PhD (University of Missouri-Kansas City); Suzanne E. U. Kerns, PhD (University of Denver); and Patricia L. Kohl, PhD (Washington University in St. Louis)
For this special issue of the Journal of Social Work Education, we invite proposals for manuscripts that will focus on how to integrate evidence-based practice and implementation science into academic and field curricula. This special issue will advance our discourse beyond previous debate about the nature and appropriateness of evidence-based practice.
Proposal abstracts of no more than 500 words should be submitted by July 31, 2016. Editors of the special issue will select the most relevant abstracts and send invitations to submit complete manuscripts in September 2016. Invited manuscripts of accepted proposals must then be submitted for peer review by December 31, 2016. We expect this important special issue to be published in early 2018.
The context for social work education is rapidly changing. We must develop social workers who consistently use evidence to inform their practice, who are capable of delivering empirically supported interventions, and who understand and can apply implementation science and frameworks to support effective service delivery.
Referencing a recent Institute of Medicine report, then NIMH Director, Thomas Insel, challenged service professions tofully embrace and integrate evidence-based practice. Increasingly, major funding sources require delivery of practice models with proven effectiveness for specific populations and behaviors of concern. Furthermore, despite political rancor, bipartisan legislation is emerging that requires delivery of evidence-based practice, including the following:
- The Evidence-Based Policymaking Commission Act, sponsored by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA), has been approved by the Senate and the House of Representatives.
- The Every Student Succeeds Act includes more than 80 mentions of evidence and evidence-based practice and distributes power to states and districts to implement those provisions.
- Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) is developing bipartisan congressional support for the Families First Act, which will require programs supported by Title IV-E funds to deliver well-defined promising practices beginning in 2017, then evidence-informed practices, and by 2023, evidence-based practices.
We seek conceptual and research-based manuscripts that present the following:
- Examples of how the process of evidence-based practice, the delivery of evidence-based practice models, and the application of implementation science can be successfully integrated into academic and field curricula.
- Demonstrations of how a focus on implementation science and frameworks in academic and field curricula manifests social work values and ethics and addresses accreditation standards.
- Demonstrations of how teaching a process of evidence-based practice, as well as specific evidence-based treatment models, manifests social work values and ethics and addresses accreditation standards.
- Strategies to successfully overcome faculty barriers to integrating the process of evidence-based practice, specific evidence supported treatment models, as well as implementation science and frameworks in academic and field curricula.
Timeline for Proposal Abstracts and Manuscript Submissions
- A proposal abstract of no more than 500 words outlining the basis and scope of a complete manuscript should be sent by July 31, 2016, to Rosalyn M. Bertram PhD (firstname.lastname@example.org).
- Editors of the special issue will select the most relevant abstracts and send an invitation to submit a complete manuscript by September 2016.