MOD NOTE: Okay...I split this out of another thread. I'd like to continue this discussion, but everyone needs to keep in mind the tone and intent of your posts. Please keep it professional. -t4c I don't doubt that social workers are encouraged to use evidence-based treatment. What I question is the education with respect to evaluating evidence. I also question this, incidentally, for another recently proliferating group (professional schools of psychology). What constitutes a reasonable degree of evidence before application of a methodology? Further, one can't discount as necessary, breadth of knowledge with respect to diagnosis and treatment. Is one year of school enough? I say one year, because many social work programs focus on social justice for one year. Important for social advocacy, but not for understanding mental illness. My contention is that one year, plus a couple of years of clinical supervision, are not enough to properly evaluate empirical evidence from a theoretical or practical level. The breadth of knowledge is simply not there. I can't imagine cramming everything I needed to know from a theoretical vantage-point into one year. It's barely adequate at 5 (the length of my doctoral program) + a year internship + two years fellowship. This is also an issue with respect to assessment. For example, what constitutes an empirically supported assessment scale? What are psychometrics? What is a normative sample? For specific scales, how were they normed, what are the ceilings and floors, how are they most commonly used in clinical practice, what are the strengths and weaknesses of the scale? What medical conditions might cause mental health symptoms? Etc. . . I already agreed with this statement, so there's nothing to disagree with This, as a defense to using EMDR? No, that's unsatisfactory. Too big of a loophole to do whatever you want. As I said, it isn't a clear demarcation. You will find odd viewpoints from a scientific/critical thinking vantage point at all levels. It's an issue of ratio and tools to perform.