Evidence-based client choice is an innovative theory and model currently being implemented in the medical field. This workshop will demonstrate how social workers can empower their clients by applying the techniques and principles of the evidence-based client choice model to a variety of social work settings. Through evidence-based client choice, practitioners offer clients information about alternative treatments/services, the benefits and harms of each, and invite clients to play a key role in decision-making. Practitioners may involve clients at many points in the practice process, which can increase client motivation, sense of power, and accomplishment. The workshop will work through several “client examples,” with participation from workshop-attendees, to practice using the ideas and methods proposed by the evidence-based client choice model.
1. Describe ISDM framework
2. Apply framework to SW practice
3. Identify barriers to implementation
4. Develop strategies to overcome barriers
5. List EBP resources
By the end of this session participants will be able to:
1. Explain the importance of using evidence-based client choice
2. Apply the process of evidence-based client choice
3. Identify client treatment/service questions that should be addressed throughout the process
4. Identify barriers and strategies to implementing the ISDM framework
ANDREA GROMOSKE, MSW
Andrea Gromoske, MSW, is in the doctoral social work program at the Helen Bader School of Social Welfare, University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. She has worked with children, families, and adults in community-based, social service agencies. Her primary research interests include child maltreatment and teen parenting. She is also dedicated to making research more accessible and understandable to practitioners.
COLLEEN JANCZEWSKI, MSW
Colleen Janczewski, MSW, is in the doctoral social work program at the Helen Bader School of Social Welfare, University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. Ms. Janczewski has ten years of program evaluation and technical assistance experience in the areas of child welfare, domestic violence, and juvenile justice. Her primary research interests are in the field of systems improvement methodologies and child welfare practice innovations.
JENNIFER HERNANDEZ-MEIER, MSW
Jennifer Hernandez-Meier, MSW, is in the doctoral social work program at the Helen Bader School of Social Welfare, University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. Ms. Hernandez-Meier has clinical and research experience in mental health and substance use with juveniles, college students, and adults. Her primary research interests include prevention interventions that address dangerous alcohol and other substance use on behalf of young adults and college students.