I keep having to read these articles for school that are like, This is what Evidence-Based Practice is! You should use EBP! Look how many social workers don’t use EBP! Look at all its benefits! Don’t you want to be more science?!
I’d like to see less of that and more of this: What do you do when your supervisor tells you they don’t care what you were taught in school, this is what we do here and you have to pay your dues before you get any decision-making power? What do you do when your clients don’t trust your magical sciency Evidence-Based Practice? What do you do when there’s not much literature on the population and issue you’re working on? (Given that most research deals with rich white college students…) What do you do when you can’t afford the hundreds of dollars it takes to get access to research articles in the first place? What do you do when you’re so overworked that you don’t have time to keep up to date on the research, because your profession is too undervalued to give you that luxury?
I completely support and intend to implement Evidence-Based Practice; I just want to complicate the discussion a little. I feel the same about this as I feel about most things: Think more structurally.