Evolution of the Evidence-Based Movement

Interview with Sobem Nwoko, President, Joyfields Institute, and Founder, Evidence-Based Professionals Society

 

Please summarize the work you complete and the mission of Joyfields Institute and the Evidence-Based Professionals Society:

I work with several others in this field to understand, shape, and inform professionals about proven approaches for helping clients succeed. Both companies are vehicles for doing the work. While Joyfields is oriented around providing specific evidence-based solutions for organizations, through on-site training, online webinars, programs implementation and organizational performance assessments, the EBPSociety is focused on the broader community of evidence-based professionals, and live events designed to periodically bring them together to train, earn professional certifications for their evidence-based expertise and share lessons learned as they network with each other. The events include EB Pathways, with its two nested Masterclasses for Practitioners and Organizations. The Society also has an active blog and online resources the community is able to access 24/7 year-round. The Society also houses an online BETA membership that caters to the community featuring an online e-learning platform for ongoing evidence-based education (updates to come in 2020).

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Bullying and Its Correlation with School Violence

Dr. George Froggé, Austin Peay State University

 

Abstract

This study examined bullying and its correlation with school violence.  Students at a mid-sized state university, in the southeast region of the United States, were surveyed to determine the different types of bullying they might have experienced:  face-to-face at school, by phone or text, and online through social media.  Consideration was given to the frequency of bullying type(s) and retaliatory incidents occurring because of a bullying offense.  The results indicated that face-to-face bullying at school was more prevalent than phone or text and social media bullying. Sixty-nine percent of the respondents reported knowing or witnessing a retaliatory incident due to a bullying offense.

Introduction

American schools are supposed to provide a warm, friendly, nurturing environment, so our children may learn and grow up to be responsible citizens.  Instead, some of our country’s schools have become scenes of death and destruction because of shooting incidents. School violence and safety has become an important educational issue and affects everyone in our country.  Prior research has pointed to the notion of bullying as a contributing factor for school violence (Burgess et al., 2006; Harter et al., 2003; Leary et al., 2003; Sandler & Alpert, 2000).

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Evaluation Results from the Somerset County Day Reporting Center

  • David L. Myers, PhD, University of New Haven
  • Daniel R. Lee, PhD, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
  • Dennis M. Giever, PhD, New Mexico State University

In September 2015, Somerset County, PA, received a 3-year “Smart Supervision: Reducing Prison Populations, Saving Money, and Creating Safer Communities” grant from the Bureau of Justice Assistance (under the Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs). The goals of this funding program, now known as the “Innovations in Supervision Initiative” (ISI), are to develop and test innovative strategies and implement evidence-based probation and parole approaches. In turn, ISI seeks to improve supervision success rates and increase community safety, by effectively addressing client risk, needs, and recidivism. Receipt of grant funding in Somerset County followed previous successful efforts directed at justice system strategic planning, cross-systems mapping, and implementation of evidence-based approaches.

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Quarterly of The Evidence-Based Professional

The EBP Quarterly - 2019 - Volume 4, Number 3

Evaluation Results from the Somerset County Day Reporting Center

  • David L. Myers, PhD, University of New Haven
  • Daniel R. Lee, PhD, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
  • Dennis M. Giever, PhD, New Mexico State University

Bullying and Its Correlation with School Violence

  • Dr. George Froggé, Austin Peay State University

Evolution of the Evidence-Based Movement

  • Interview with Sobem Nwoko, President, Joyfields Institute, and Founder, Evidence-Based Professionals Society

Editor: David L. Myers, PhD, University of New Haven

Publisher: Joyfields Institute

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EB Professionals Monthly - October, 2019

What if your child or someone else's that you know is on a Waitlist for Addiction Treatment?

If your child has made the decision to enter inpatient treatment for his or her substance use issues, it’s a positive, pro-healthy milestone and yet there are obstacles. View this article offering recommendations from Partnership for Drug Free Kids

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The VA offers same day services in Primary Care and Mental Health at 172 VA Medical Centers nationwide. Use it NOW - Access Make the Connection Resource LocatorTalk with other Veterans online at RallyPointCall the Veterans Crisis Line (1-800-273-8255 and press 1, Chat online, or Send Text to 838255.

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Tackle the Root Causes of Juvenile Delinquency: Family-Based Early Intervention

Tackling juvenile delinquency

Tianyin Yu, University of New Haven

Executive Summary

Early onset of delinquent behavior is a predictor of chronic offending. To maximize the cost-effective benefits in fighting crime, policies need to take a proactive, multifaceted approach starting as early as the prenatal stage, with three concerns in mind – improving physical health of mother and child, improving family environment/parenting skills, and improving pre-school education. This policy brief is intended to reach the decision makers in the United States Department of Justice. Adequate funding should be set aside for family-based programs that start as early as the prenatal stage and continue across early childhood (5 years old). For cost effectiveness, programs should adopt a narrow targeting strategy and enroll populations at the highest risk: low-income, teenage mothers with no previous births.

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Mindful or Suicidal: Recommendations for Improved Mental Health among Police Officers

Mindful or suicidal

Ewa K. Zielinska, University of New Haven

Executive Summary 

Despite multiple national initiatives, the suicide rate among police officers remains constant and higher than line of duty deaths. Recent research identifies mindfulness techniques as an effective way to improve mental health, including the risk factors of depression and suicide. While a significant portion of resources and funding are allocated to ensure the safety and physical fitness of officers, including firearms training and physical fitness programs, there is a limited number of holistic programs that ensure officers’ mental health wellness. Based on current research and pioneer initiatives, this document explores the following question: What role can mindfulness practices play in reducing the risk of suicide among police officers? The document concludes with recommendations for law enforcement agencies, including implementation of evidence-based mindfulness practices and cultivation a pro-wellness work etiquette. 

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The EBP Quarterly - 2019 - Volume 4, Number 2

  • Tackling juvenile delinquency

    Tackle the Root Causes of Juvenile Delinquency: Family-Based Early Intervention

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Editor: David L. Myers, PhD, University of New Haven

Publisher: Joyfields Institute

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Body-Worn Cameras in State Correctional Agencies

Police and body cams

Kristi L. Greenberg, University of New Haven

Executive Summary

The purpose of this report is to inform and advise state correctional agencies about the known use of body worn cameras (BWCs) and how they can be utilized to address some of the major problems that are faced within correctional settings. Discussions of what is known about the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA), use of force, and staff burnout are offered, along with consideration of policing research on the use of BWCs, its advantages and disadvantages, and how state correctional agencies can benefit. Policy recommendations are offered that include a phased roll out of BWCs in pilot facilities, with monitoring and evaluation plans, in conjunction with enhanced training.

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