Making Evidence-Based Practices Accessible: Using MAP to Bridge the Research-Practice Gap

As a behavioral or mental health provider, you want to find the best evidence-based practices to use for each of your clients. Each client is unique – their own pasts, traumas, struggles, victories, present, and hope-filled future. In order to best serve each client, you want the evidence-based practices and treatment plan for them at the ready each time you meet with them.  MAP (Managing and Adapting Practice) is the tool to help you streamline this process, bridging the research and practice gap.

MAP is unique to PracticeWise. We have made this model of organizing and coordinating care available to providers to help bring evidence-based decision making into all aspects of youth mental health treatment.

In this article, we will explain what PracticeWise’s MAP program can offer you to better equip you as a provider, giving you the research and practices needed to build an individualized, successful treatment plan for each of your clients.  Our MAP toolkit will help you determine what to do, how to do it, and evaluate if it’s working – everything you need for you and your clients to achieve success.

What is MAP?

MAP is an evidence-informed system that includes a collection of Practitioner Guides, Clinical Dashboards, and our research database (PWEBS).  Combining all of these tools allows you to select, build, organize, and implement treatment.  So, how exactly do you use MAP?  MAP helps you determine what to do, how to do it, and assess if it’s working.

  • What to do – Using The PWEBS Database, you can search our extensive, up-to-date database of youth treatment research summaries. You can then determine which treatments are shown to effectively help young people.
  • How to do it – You will have access to an extensive library of Practitioner Guides that can be used to help you organize and plan treatments for your clients. You will learn how to implement the practices found in the specific evidence-based treatment protocols. So, if you find something that interests you, but you have never used it before, you will have the necessary instruction to effectively incorporate it into your client’s treatment plan.
  • Is it working – You will have access to Clinical Dashboards that track progress and practice so you can make appropriate decisions regarding your treatment plan.

MAP is continuously expanding as the mental health field makes great strides.  We constantly update our database to allow you access to the most current evidence-based practices and research.  MAP is a treatment building framework.

What MAP Is NOT

You may be wondering why we are explaining what MAP is not since we already explained what it is.  Because it is such a unique tool, we want to make its purpose clear as many providers are still unfamiliar with this valuable treatment building system.

  • It is not a stand- alone evidence-based program. It is a program to help you gather information on effective EBPs to incorporate into your treatment plan.
  • It is not exclusive to a particular EBT or measurement model. It is an extensive collection of research available for you to choose the most appropriate EBPs for your particular client.
  • It is not a closed system – it is continuously updated to provide you with the most current research available to allow you to organize and coordinate care for your clients.

Why Should I Use MAP?

MAP helps streamline the process of choosing EBPs, finding relevant research that is applicable to your client; teaches you how to use the practices you aren’t familiar with; and helps you determine if the plan is working via the use of clinical dashboards. We have compiled and organized the research for you, saving you countless hours. Your time is better spent helping your clients. Now you can.

How Do I Use MAP?

PracticeWise offers the MAP Professional Development Program. We aren’t offering you this amazing tool only to let you flounder for endless hours trying to figure out how to use it. It is supposed to help you save time, not waste it!

Our training series are designed to empower providers with the skills and knowledge needed to excel in their roles. The Direct Services Training Series focuses on utilizing the MAP system to enhance direct care provided to clients. This series equips providers with the expertise to select, organize, and deliver evidence-based practices effectively. Not only does it enhance client outcomes, but it also serves as a prerequisite for our Agency Supervisor Certification.

In the Agency Supervisor Training Series, providers dive deeper into their roles as mentors and leaders within their organizations. Here, the primary focus is on developing proficiency in guiding direct service professionals through the MAP Direct Services curriculum. Additionally, participants learn strategies to streamline direct service processes and effectively deliver supervision and consultation using the MAP system. By becoming a MAP Agency Supervisor, you will support its implementation and sustainability throughout your organization.

Summary

PracticeWise offers a way to bridge the gap between research and practice with our MAP program. It helps behavioral and mental health providers organize and coordinate care for the youth they serve.  It gives them access to an extensive library of treatment research to compile the best Evidence-Based Practices for their clients. We offer training so you can know how to effectively use the MAP program and get the most out of it for the sake of the youth you are serving.  It offers instruction for practices you may be unfamiliar with or have not yet implemented in your practice.  And it offers Clinical Dashboards so you can track your clients’ progress and make necessary adjustments to their treatment plans. MAP is designed to streamline the process of research, implementation, and charting progress.  MAP will help you and your clients achieve your treatment goals.

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