We are pleased to announce a new online resource for clinicians which has been launched as part of a collaboration between EBBP and the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT), sponsored by the U.S. National Institutes of Health. The purpose of the tool is twofold: (1) to increase consumers’ understanding of which psychological treatments are evidence based, and (2) to improve practitioners’ access to learning resources about the skills needed to perform evidence-based behavioral interventions. EBBP.org and ABCT share a commitment to disseminating and enhancing the uptake of research-supported psychological and behavioral treatments. Both groups recognize two significant barriers to accomplishing that outcome. One barrier is the public’s difficulty in discriminating valid treatments that are supported by an evidence base from untested practices based solely on clinician opinion. The second barrier is the difficulty that practicing clinicians face in learning which new therapeutic skills they need to acquire or improve to offer evidence based behavioral treatments. To address both barriers, EBBP.org and ABCT partnered to create the skills-based learning web pages that can be found here: http://www.ebbp.org/skillsBasedResources.html. The project’s underlying premise is that a well-informed public that demands legitimate treatments and a well-trained practitioner base that is equipped to provide them creates the pull-push dynamic needed to drive the implementation of evidence based behavioral practices.
To create the resource, EBBP.org collaborated with ABCT’s leading expert clinician researchers in the areas of depression, anxiety, and obesity – three of the most prevalent conditions treated by psychologists. The teams compiled systematic evidence reviews, training resources, and video demonstrations about the main evidence-based treatments for each condition: cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and Behavioral Activation for depression, CBT and exposure treatment for anxiety, and intensive lifestyle intervention for obesity. For clinicians, the skills-based resource page for each condition includes PDFs of evidence about the effectiveness of the major treatment(s), self-assessments of competence, skill demonstration videos, downloadable assessment tools, and links to individuals and organizations who are experts in the evidence-based treatment and available to provide consultation and/or supervision. For clients, the pages include frequently asked questions about treatments and relevant self-help manuals. A final tab provides training resources for “cross-cutting” techniques and principles, which have been found to be useful in treating many psychological and behavioral conditions, including and beyond those featured. Cross-cutting techniques include relaxation, motivational interviewing, developmental issues, and cultural competency. Although directly supervised clinical work is the gold standard for mastering these treatment skills, the new resource page provides a helpful starting point for novice clinicians and skilled providers wishing to determine which skills to acquire or upgrade and how to go about it. In sum, http://www.ebbp.org/skillsBasedResources.htmlprovides a digestible snapshot of key research and tools needed to help practitioners implement the best evidence based psychological and behavioral treatments for prevalent clinical conditions.