Examples of evidence-based practices in mental health

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Examples of evidence-based practices in mental health

Evidence-based practices all relate to the idea that some of the things that we try to do in the field of mental health have actually been researched and have been shown to be effective. That’s not true for everything that is done in mental health, but the evidence-based practices have this noteworthy advantage. NAMI wrote a whole write-up of evidence-based practices which is available on its website for children and adolescents about a year ago. This is a comprehensive review of all the modalities that are out there. Examples of them would be cognitive behavior therapy for depression and anxiety; parent training courses to help parents build their capacity; multi systemic therapy to work with adolescents who have conduct problems. These programs have been researched and found to be effective. It’s helpful to know when you’re engaging in a plan whether somebody has studied it or not and that’s why evidence-based practices are a positive development in the field.

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Kenneth Duckworth, MD

Psychiatrist, Harvard Professor & Medical Director for NAMI

Ken Duckworth, MD, serves as the medical director for NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness. He is triple board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in Adult, Child and Adolescent, and Forensic Psychiatry and has extensive experience in the public health arena.

Dr. Duckworth is currently an Assistant Clinical Professor at Harvard University Medical School, and has served as a board member of the American Association of Community Psychiatrists. Dr. Duckworth has held clinical and leadership positions in community mental health, school psychiatry and now also works as Associate Medical Director for Behavioral Health at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Massachusetts.

Prior to joining NAMI in 2003, Dr. Duckworth served as Acting Commissioner of Mental Health and the Medical Director for Department of Mental Health of Massachusetts, as a psychiatrist on a Program of Assertive Community Treatment (PACT) team, and Medical Director of the Massachusetts Mental Health Center.

Dr. Duckworth attended the University of Michigan where he graduated with honors and Temple University School of Medicine where he was named to the medical honor society, AOA. While at Temple, he won awards for his work in psychiatry and neurology. He also has a family member living with mental illness.

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