Over the past decade, the city of Philadelphia has supported evidence-based practices, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy, by funding training initiatives and creating infrastructure in the local mental health system.
In 2017, researchers at the University of Pennsylvania surveyed hundreds of therapists in community mental health organizations in Philadelphia to understand their experiences with using evidence-based practices. Their most striking finding? Many clinicians shared that they are “not at all” rewarded or recognized for implementing evidence-based practice.
In February 2018, we launched a Your Big Idea Challenge to learn more about this topic from frontline clinicians. We asked, how can your organization help you use evidence-based practices in your work?
Over the course of 5 weeks, therapists from across the city submitted 66 ideas. The challenge committee is currently in the process of reviewing ideas, and winners will be announced in April.
Winning ideas, as selected by the challenge committee will receive $100 and the opportunity to partner with Penn researchers to further develop and potentially implement ideas.