194213 Shifting evidence-based adolescent suicide prevention programs into practice: A state-based strategy

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Tracy Whitaker, DSW, ACSW , Center for Workforce Studies, National Association of Social Workers, Washington, DC
Nancy Bateman, MSW , Center for Workforce Studies, National Association of Social Workers, Washington, DC
The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) developed a national and state-level strategy for the social work profession to facilitate effective research to practice activities to enhance social work practice and improve mental health services for adolescent girls at increasing risk for suicide. A web-based toolkit was designed that incorporated information and resources on both evidence-based interventions targeting adolescent girls who are at high risk for suicide, and evidence-based dissemination and organizational change strategies for moving research to practice. The vehicle for advancing evidence-based practice adoption was through the development of state research to practice teams. The teams consisted of state –level stakeholders who are in a position to advocate and facilitate the shift to evidence-based policy and practice initiatives. The toolkit was then pilot-tested and refined through the training of state-based research to practice teams convened by NASW chapters in Georgia and Nevada.

Learning Objectives:
1. Identify challenges to the adoption of evidence-based research in social work practice. 2. Discuss lessons learned for effectively implementing a state-based strategy.

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I served as the co-principal investigator for this foundation-funded project.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.

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