KEY FEATURES: Required 2016 CACREP standards for CMH Counseling programs are covered. Chapter authors are leading counseling writers, and many are practicing CMH counselors. Chapter topics apply theory to real-world issues of practice, such as paperwork and medications. Case studies and discussion questions afford students opportunities to apply what they read to practical situations. Evidence-based treatments, neuroscience, and other cutting-edge topics reflect the currency of the text.Bolded key concepts help students to focus their reading and learning.

Using Research to Improve Clinical Practice

Chapter 13 using research to improve clinical practice
Kelly L. Wester Tamarine Foreman

Learning Goals

Upon completion of this chapter, you will be able to do the following:

  • Describe the nature and goals of empirical research
  • Understand the steps of the research process
  • Explain the role of the clinical mental health (CMH) counselor as scientist-practitioner
  • Apply approaches to research (e.g., single subject, case study, and program evaluation) to the work of CMH counselors

As you sit in your office having a stare-down with Amanda, the 17-year-old client you have been counseling, you wonder to yourself, Is this the most effective way to work with this client? Is there something else I should be doing instead of having staring matches? ...

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