Translating the Common Elements Approach: Social Work's Experiences in Education, Practice, and Research

Richard P. Barth, Karen M. Kolivoski, Michael A. Lindsey, Bethany R. Lee, Kathryn S. Collins

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Abstract

The expansion of the use of evidence-based practices (EBPs) in mental health services is well under way and social work seeks to further its appropriate implementation in both specialty and nonspecialty mental health settings. The common elements approach is now recognized as demonstrating promise for use in a range of settings. This article discusses the attractiveness of the common elements approach and describes several efforts to integrate its content into social work education and to disseminate this approach into the field. Then the article presents research initiatives regarding two areas of nonspecialty mental health practice with children and families: (a) engaging clients in mental health services and (b) preventing the need for out-of-home placement for youth. Finally, we consider the challenges of the common elements framework for social work education and practice and future directions for research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)301-311
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology
Volume43
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology

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