More practice, less preach? the role of supervision processes and therapist characteristics in EBP implementation

Adm Policy Ment Health. 2013 Nov;40(6):518-29. doi: 10.1007/s10488-013-0485-5.


Identifying predictors of evidence-based practice (EBP) use, such as supervision processes and therapist characteristics, may support dissemination. Therapists (N = 57) received training and supervision in EBPs to treat community-based youth (N = 136). Supervision involving modeling and role-play predicted higher overall practice use than supervision involving discussion, and modeling predicted practice use in the next therapy session. No therapist characteristics predicted practice use, but therapist sex and age moderated the supervision and practice use relation. Supervision involving discussion predicted practice use for male therapists only, and modeling and role-play in supervision predicted practice use for older, not younger, therapists.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Age Factors
  • Anxiety Disorders / therapy
  • Attitude of Health Personnel*
  • Child
  • Community Mental Health Services
  • Conduct Disorder / therapy
  • Counseling / education
  • Depressive Disorder / therapy
  • Education, Continuing*
  • Evidence-Based Practice / education*
  • Female
  • Guideline Adherence
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Practice, Psychological*
  • Psychology / education
  • Psychotherapy / education*
  • Psychotherapy / methods
  • Referral and Consultation*
  • Sex Factors
  • Social Work / education