The Jane Addams College of Social Work offers a Certificate in Evidence-Based Mental Health Practice with Children approved by the Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE). Only students admitted to the MSW program and enrolled in the mental health specialization are eligible to apply for admission to this certificate program. The program, designed for students in their specialization year who have a career interest in working with children with mental health issues, offers advanced training in evidence-based practice with children with mental health problems.
Evidence-based practice, as defined by the Illinois Division of Mental Health Evidence-Based Practice Committee, emphasizes a collaborative effort by children, families and practitioners to identify and implement practices that are appropriate to the needs of the child and family. The selected practices reflect the use of available research and, when implemented, are measured to ensure that they lead to improved meaningful outcomes.