Topic: Reflections on Successes and Failures in Attempts to Implement Evidence Based Practice
Speaker: Professor Kim Halford, The University of Queensland
In 1975, after completing an honours degree in psychology at La Trobe University, I worked as a psychologist working at Mont Park Psychiatric Hospital in outer Melbourne. I was inspired by visions of what behaviour modification (as CBT was called back then) could accomplish for those who suffered. I tried to implement a token economy in a long stay ward for people with chronic schizophrenia. It was an abject failure. Undaunted I have continued to seek to implement evidence-based psychological practice for 40+ years across many clinical settings including: helping establish the Behaviour Research and Therapy Centre at University of Queensland, helping establish the Psychiatric Assessment and Rehabilitation Unit at RBWH, developing health psychology services at RBWH, using research to refine programs in the Cognitive Behaviour Therapy Unit of Belmont Hospital, and using research on practice at Relationships Australia to facilitate change. In this talk I share some lessons from my complete failures and partial successes. I will conclude with some guidelines that I hope might inform a future triumphant success.
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