Activity 3: Facilitating factors in implementing evidence-based practice—Your role

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Continuous learning is a core competency for the substance use workforce. For this last activity, you will read two articles. The first article by Smith (2013) is a recent study on counsellor’s attitudes towards implementing evidence-based practices. Although implementing evidence-based knowledge in practice is challenging, this article indicates that individual characteristics are important factors in accepting evidence-based practices. Have a look at these characteristics to see if yours correlate with the study!

The second article by Amodeo et al. (2013) also indicates that a counsellor’s perception is an important factor in the successful implementation of EBP. Both studies also identify the organizational context as a strong influence on whether or not EBPs are implemented. The Amodeo et al. article is a good introduction to the next lesson, since it begins to look at the differential uptake of EBP, depending on the intervention modality.


  1. Read the following articles, available through TRU library:
    • Smith, B. (2013). Substance use treatment counselors’ attitudes toward evidence-based practice: The importance of organizational context. Substance Use and Misuse, 48, 379–390.
    • Amodeo, M., Lundgren, L., Fernanda-Beltrame, C., Chassler, D., Cohen, A., & D’Ippolito, M. (2013). Facilitating factors in implementing four evidence-based practices: Reports from addiction treatment staff. Substance Use and Misuse, 48, 600–611.
  2. How do you ensure continuous learning in your practice?
  3. How do you adopt new practices?
  4. At this point, it is worthwhile to revisit your CCSA competency template. Can you revise some of your goals to reflect the solutions suggested in the literature about ensuring your own or the capacity of your organization to implement EBP?