College of Psychology: Faculty Articles

Title

Description of a standardized treatment center that utilizes evidence-based clinic operations to facilitate implementation of an evidence-based treatment

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1-1-2009

Publication Title

Behavior Modification

ISSN

0145-4455

Volume

33

Abstract

Developers of evidence-based therapies are enhancing methods of teaching therapists to implement “best practices” with integrity. However, there is a relative dearth of information available as to clinic operations and related contextual factors necessary to sustain successful implementation of these treatments. This article describes various evidence-based administrative strategies and methods utilized by clinic staff to effectively implement a comprehensive evidence-based treatment for substance abuse (i.e., Family Behavior Therapy). The basic structure of the clinic, standardized behavioral methods associated with its day-to-day operations, and maintenance of treatment integrity are delineated. Infrastructural systems are underscored, including clinical record keeping, quality assurance, and staff management.

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