Our Approach

The Center for Evidence-Based Practices has built its technical-assistance services upon the experiential-learning philosophies and practices of the schools of social work and medicine at Case Western Reserve University, which emphasize that human problems are best solved with expert knowledge and face-to-face human interaction.

Our staff members know that individuals in organizations, communities, and systems of care translate and integrate knowledge into daily practice most effectively by actively engaging in focused conversations and other problem-solving activities with their peers, supervisors, and managers and by actively reflecting upon those processes with each other. This method of teaching and learning supports and promotes self-awareness, creativity, and  flexibility, which are necessary for achieving and sustaining excellence.


OUR PROCESS

Our goal is to help individuals, organizations, and service systems become independent and self-sufficient in the processes of implementing, delivering, supervising, and evaluating evidence-based practices and other innovations that improve quality of life and other outcomes for people with mental illness or co-occurring mental illness and substance use disorders. This includes developing and maintaining collaborations within local communities.

Our consultants, trainers, and evaluators work closely with service systems and organizations to adapt each innovation to the unique culture of their communities and organizations, while maintaining fidelity to each service model, practice, or approach. We utilize comprehensive strategies to inspire, facilitate, and help sustain the following:

  • Service-systems change
  • Organizational change
  • Clinical change

RELATED RESOURCE

James E. Zull (2002). The Art of Changing the Brain: Enriching the Practice of Teaching by Exploring the Biology of Learning. Sterling, VA: Stylus Publishing.