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Turning Knowledge Into Practice: A Manual for Behavioral Health Administrators and Practitioners About Understanding and Implementing Evidence-Based Practices: 2nd Edition


This manual introduces concepts about evidence-based practices to practicing clinicians, behavioral health program leaders, and consumers and families. It provides information, suggests ways of thinking and getting started, and points to additional resources as evolving evidence-based practices become a routine part of service delivery and management.

This second edition is built on the authors' past experience; the current state of evidence-based practice implementation; feedback on the first edition; and common concerns or questions about adopting and implementing evidence-based practices.

This edition is organized around a series of questions:
  • What are evidence-based practices and why should we use them?
  • How does the movement toward evidence-based practice fit with concepts of recovery, resilience, and cultural competence?
  • What do the terms used to describe various approaches really mean?
  • What are some examples of evidence-based practices?
  • How does a program choose an evidence-based practice to implement, and what is involved in implementing it?
  • How can we help practitioners change their practice to an evidence-based approach?
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American College of Mental Health Administration; The Technical Assistance Collaborative, Inc.

Funding Sources

John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation; The Technical Assistance Collaborative, Inc.

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  • Release Date: 2003
  • Review Date: 2010
  • Original Summary: 06/2011
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Last updated: February 20, 2013.