What Does It Mean to Become a Certified Evidence Based Practitioner (CEBP) Or, Giving Up Your “Guy in a Diner” Card
What Does It Mean to Become a Certified Evidence Based Practitioner (CEBP) Or,
Giving Up Your “Guy in a Diner” Card
Mark M. Lowis, LMSW, MINT, CEBP, Joyfields Institute for Evidence-Based Professionals
If you get the chance to go to your local family style restaurant and observe, you will notice there is always one table where a few distinguished men of retirement age (a recent accomplishment for me) sit together and visit. Their conversation often turns to politics, social problems, world affairs, and family members worthy of discussion. In other words, they are using their collective experiences, intuition and opinions to solve the problems of the universe. Often, they include science in their conversation, which sounds a bit like this: “And that’s proved!” Or, “Everyone knows that.” “Scientists have proven that!” “It happened to my cousin!” “I read it in the paper!” All of course are intended to give weight to their observations and ideas. Practitioners most resemble a guy in a diner when they operate in clinically driven situations from their opinion, intuition or assumptions. Like the guy in a diner, the clinical examination and consideration of deeper issues, and the corresponding approach or intervention, cannot be effectively developed. The end result is that the guy in a diner belief, which is rarely helpful and may contribute to treatment failures, informs the practitioner’s future with that person.
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