Evidence Based Practice Model

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Practice: When working with the ID population, the social worker should apply the generalist’s method. The generalist’s method, when being used accurately by the social worker, is the basic application of preventative and intervention methods to social problems to any individual, and in this case the ID individual, while following all ethical principles and critical thinking. There are three different perspectives to apply with this method, which are “A Client’s Right to Self-Determination, Strengths and the Holistic Perspective, Eclectic or Integrative Perspective.” The first perspective, “A Client’s Right to Self-Determination,” means that the client has the right to determine what is best for themselves within reason. For the …show more content…
With the ease of gaining information these days, acquiring evidence is a much simpler process and has certainly prompted the move towards evidence-based approaches. However, an evidence-based practice implies more than simply acquiring data. While researching information for this paper, it has been learned that there are five important steps to be utilized in any evidence-based practice model for it to be effective when working with individuals, and not for just those with intellectual disabilities. They are as follows 1) to devise a strategy for the client, community, or policy-related question; 2) to organize and research information; 3) to access or find the quality and use what is applicable; 4) to then apply said findings in practice; and 5) evaluate the results. With the last step being particularly important, since evidence-based practice needs to be continually improving to be effective. Thus, each new case should be considered additional evidence and should be analyzed along with the pre-existing data. Will there be a lack of progress or not achieving the intended goal that could be disappointing? Yes, however, in instances like these are what happens while being a social worker. But in the long run, they will be the ones that will sharpen our thinking and help us to be more effective for ourselves and our clients. Keeping this kind of perspective in mind, it will only help evidence-based practices continue to stay on top in an ever-changing world. (Boyle, et. al,