School Social Work: An Evidence-Informed Framework for Practice

Michael S. Kelly, James C. Raines, Susan Stone, Andy Frey

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This book offers school social work students and veteran practitioners a new framework for choosing their interventions, based on the best available evidence. It synthesizes the evidence-based practice (EBP) process with recent conceptual frameworks of school social work clinical practice offered by leading scholars and policymakers. Many other books on EBP try to fit empirically validated treatments into practice contexts without considering the multiple barriers to implementing evidence-based practices in places as complicated and multi-faceted as schools. Additionally, there are vital questions in the literature about what the best levels for intervention are in school social work. Responding to the complexity of applying EBP in schools, this volume offers a conceptual framework that addresses the real-world concerns of practitioners as they work to provide the best services to their school clients. For each domain of school social work practice, the authors critically review interventions, presenting the current research with guidelines for addressing such implementation issues as cost, school culture, adaptations for special populations, and negotiating multiple arenas of practice. In addition, the chapters are grounded in the process of evidence-based practice, illustrating how school practitioners can pose useful questions, search for relevant evidence, appraise the evidence, apply it in keeping with client values, and monitor the results.
Original languageAmerican English
StatePublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • evidence-based practice
  • EBP
  • interventions
  • schools


  • Education
  • Clinical and Medical Social Work
  • Social Work

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