Evidence Based Practices in Mental Health for People with Serious Mental Illness

Presented By:

Ellen Tuchman, Ph.D.
Wednesdays April 4, April 11, and April 18, 2012: 9:30am - 12:30pm


This three-session didactic/experiential mini-course was aimed at developing the knowledge and skills necessary for working with individuals with a diagnosis of serious mental illness using recovery-oriented, evidence-based practices. It was designed for social work mental health practitioners.

The first and second sessions introduced the origins, definitions, and importance of evidence-based practices within the recovery-oriented paradigm. Participants became familiar with evidence-based interventions to use for individuals with a diagnosis of serious mental illness, (i.e., assertive community treatment, wellness management, family psychoeducation, supported employment, and integrated dual disorders treatment). Additional topics included fidelity, measurement, and the applicability of evidence-based practices with diverse ethnic/cultural populations.

The focus of the third session was application of assessment and treatment with individuals living with a serious mental illness. Participants discussed the application of the five evidence-based practices to case examples (provided by participants and instructor). The class assessed how well the intervention met the client's needs, anticipated barriers to implementing the intervention and how they might be addressed, and examined the degree to which the interventions are compatible with social work values. In addition, participants identifed the appropriate treatment outcomes that reflect effective, quality mental health practice.


Ellen Tuchman, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor at the NYU School of Social Work and currently the NYU coordinator for the NY State Office of Mental Health Evidence Based Mental Health Project at the Silver School of Social Work since 2005. She has conducted evaluations of Evidence Based Practices in community based substance abuse agencies and has published numerous articles on the teaching, evaluation, and implementation of evidence based practices.