Evidence Based Approaches For The Practitioner
When working with human subjects, the use of unproven approaches is not acceptable. Make a commitment to be evidence-based at what you do. As professionals, we must be applying skills proven to;
- Produce desired outcomes
- Minimize patient relapse, and eliminate re-admissions and re-incarcerations through effective discharge
- Cut costs and redeploy resources efficiently
- Strengthen our capacity to confidently practice
It is relatively easy to be evidence-based if you want to. One could say, it can be harder to not be!
Interested in becoming a Certified Evidence Based Practitioner (CEBP)?
Certification for Evidence-Based Professionals (CEBP)
EBP Society's certification program is a structured curriculum of training and self-study followed with a half-day proctored exam. The process provides practitioners with a standard method to become Certified Evidence-Based Professionals. In addition it creates a progressive professional development vehicle and an outstanding opportunity for individuals to become highly knowledgeable and skilled in evidence-based approaches. Finally, it recognizes the abilities and accomplishments these professionals have demonstrated in the area of evidence-based policies, programs, and practices.
Purpose of Certification and Eligibility
The Certification program is designed to recognize and advance the performance level of practitioners working in human, social and justice services agencies. The program enhances the capabilities of these individuals and their agencies. It also aids in the recruitment and retention of skilled and talented staff members; and enables participants to become part of a nationwide network of professionals devoted to improving their productivity, efficiency, and effectiveness, along with enhancing the performance of their agencies and organizations.
Becoming a CEBP is open to anyone who meets the minimum educational/work requirements, is currently employed, or is seeking employment at a human, social, or justice services agency, or other behavioral and mental health organization emphasizing evidence-based approaches.
Once certified, CEBP's are required to continue their education and professional development, and renew their certification every 2 years.
Certification requires a combination of face-to-face and online training; some required and recommended reading; and successful completion of a proctored exam.
Re-certification requires a combination of face-to-face and online training, along with submission of a satisfactory written document.
Application, Admission, and Certification Process.
- Use the link below to submit the standard application form,
- Once completed, you will be routed to the application fee payment portal (Registering for an upcoming certification core course meets this requirement)
- Attend the core and elective courses to satisfy the requirements
Processing Your Application
- A minimum of 30 CE combined credits earned through face-to-face conference/workshop training, online training and required reading as listed below:
|Training in Evidence-based Organization Skills (C) (face-to-face training):||13 Training Hours|
|Training in Evidence-based Practitioner Skills (C) (face-to-face training):||13 Training Hours|
Training in Elective or Other relevant course in one specialized domain (C), (A) or (E) (face-to-face training):
|13 Training Hours|
Perform combined hours of required Reading (See below) & online eLearning training on Evidence-based
|4 Training Hours|
|Total minimum CE Training Hours Required:||30 Training Hours|
- Exam fee, dates, and locations. The proctored exam will be given on dates and locations where EBP Society or an EBP Society Approved provider is offering conferences and workshops. The exam will be graded in a timely manner by faculty approved by EBP Society. A minimum total score of 80% is required to pass the exam.
Candidates who complete the steps above will become Certified Evidence-Based Professionals (CEBP). A letter will be sent confirming your status as a CEBP, along with a certificate and a supervisor notification form. CEBP's will be recognized online on the EBP Society website and in literature produced and distributed by EBP Society / Joyfields Institute.
Estimated cost of certification: The application fee of $200.00, PLUS costs to attend and participate in training; (The application fee includes the $100 exam fee). Fees paid also confer membership for 2 years.
For more information about an estimated total cost of certification, please contact Joyfields Institute.
Certification as a CEBP through Joyfields Institute lasts for 2 years. During this time, CEBPs are expected to continue their professional development and enhance their professional work experience. Re-certification can be earned through the following process.
- Completion of further Continuing Education (CE) credits through Joyfields Institute for Professional Development or other approved provider as follows;
- A minimum of 26 CE credits earned through face-to-face conference and workshop training in a combination of core (C) and an elective (E), or other core (C) training, plus
- A minimum of 4 CE credits earned through online training. These credits must be earned after initial Certification has been awarded.
- Submit a standard re-certification application form and application fee of $200.00, along with a 2,000 word paper that discusses your use of evidence-based policies, programs, and practices, and how your work and your agency or organization have benefited from you becoming a CEBP. Fees paid also confer membership for 2 years.
Required and Recommended Readings
Myers, D. L. (2013). Becoming an evidence-based organization: Demonstrating leadership and organizational growth. Johns Creek, GA: Joyfields Institute for Professional Development. (Available Free from Joyfields Institute or EBP Society)
Motivational Interviewing: Preparing People for Change (2nd edition). William R. Miller & Stephen Rollnick
Motivational Interviewing: Core Skills for Durable Change Through Intrinsic Motivation (Available Free from Joyfields Institute or EBP Society)
Bazemore, G. (2006). Measuring what really matters in juvenile justice. Alexandria, VA: American Prosecutors Research Institute.
Carey, M. (2010). Coaching packet: Continuous Quality Improvement. Silver Spring, MD: Center for Effective Public Policy.
Carter, M. M. (2010). Coaching packet: Engaging in collaborative partnerships to support reentry. Silver Spring, MD: Center for Effective Public Policy.
Carter, M. M., Gibel, S., Giguere, R., & Stroker, R. (2007). Increasing public safety through successful offender reentry: Evidence-based and emerging practices in corrections. Silver Spring, MD: Center for Effective Public Policy.
Carter, M. M. (2011). Evidence-based policy, practice, and decision-making: Implications for paroling authorities. Washington, DC: National Institute of Corrections.
Domurad, F., & Carey, M. (2009). Coaching packet: Implementing evidence-based practices. Hatboro, PA: Center for Effective Public Policy.
Guevara, M. , Loeffler-Cobia, J., Rhyne, C., & Sachwald, J. (2010). Putting the pieces together: Practical strategies for implementing evidence-based practices. Washington, DC: National Institute of Corrections.
Harp, C., Bell, D., Bazemore, G., & Thomas, D. (2006). Guide to developing and implementing performance measures for the juvenile justice system. Alexandria, VA: American Prosecutors Research Institute.
Kempker, G. (2010). Coaching packet: A framework for offender reentry. Silver Spring MD: Center for Effective Public Policy.
Lipsey, M. W., Howell, J. C., Kelly, M. R., Chapman, G., & Carver, D. (2010). Improving the effectiveness of juvenile justice programs: A new perspective on evidence-based practice. Washington, DC: Center for Juvenile Justice Reform.
Rossman, S. B., & Winterfield, L. (2009). Coaching packet: Measuring the impact of reentry efforts. Silver Spring MD: Center for Effective Public Policy.
Stroker, R. (2011). Paroling authorities’ strategic planning and management for results. Washington, DC: National Institute of Corrections.
Stroker, R., & Giguere, R. (2010). Coaching packet: Establishing a rational planning process. Silver Spring MD: Center for Effective Public Policy.