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Manuscript deadline
01 January 2021

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Evidence-Based Practice in Child and Adolescent Mental Health

Special Issue Editor(s)

Jarrod M. Leffler, PhD, ABPP, Mayo Clinic
[email protected]

Aaron Vaughn, PhD, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
[email protected]

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Acute, Intensive, and Residential Mental Health Services for Youth

Evidence-based Practice in Child and Adolescent Mental Health (EPCAMH) is now accepting papers for a special issue focused on acute, intensive, and residential mental health services for youth, guest edited by Jarrod Leffler, PhD, ABPP and Aaron Vaughn, PhD. Submissions are due January 1, 2021.

The prevalence of children receiving hospital-based care for mental health conditions continues to rise with over 10% of pediatric patients having a mental health diagnosis as the primary reason for admission. Intensive acute psychiatric care for youth focuses on crisis stabilization, assessment, safety monitoring, and longer-term treatment planning. Residential treatment services are typically of longer duration and may be accessed when day treatment and acute treatment options have not been effective. Additionally, intermediate levels of mental health-care such as intensive outpatient and partial hospitalization programs are designed to be time limited and focused on assisting with treatment intervention following inpatient or residential services, or to provide intervention for youth who need more than outpatient level treatment. Current practice guidelines strongly recommend access to evidence-based psychological therapies across these settings. However, limited evidence exists for how to provide psychology services in acute, intensive, and residential mental health settings as well as the effectiveness of those services and related interventions. Further, the variability across and within these treatment setting creates unique challenges in implementing evidence-based care. Limitations in the evidence-base of effective interventions, demonstrated strategies for successful implementation of those interventions, and the role of psychological services in implementation impede the generalization, dissemination and associated improvement of care currently needed.

This special issue seeks to highlight research and interventions that promote the implementation of psychological interventions in inpatient psychiatric hospitalization, partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient, and resident treatment settings. In particular, we are interested in research that demonstrates effectiveness of psychological models of care and intervention, strategies for successful implementation (or adaptation) of evidence-based interventions in these settings, and/or development and integration of the role of psychology in quality improvement in these care settings.

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Submission Instructions

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Manuscripts may focus on a range of interventions and concerns within acute, intensive, and residential settings including:

Measurement / Assessment

  • Evidence based assessment in short term and acute care
  • Patient outcomes / care utilization

Evidence-based Intervention/Treatment

  • Translating EBT’s form lab and outpatient settings to acute and intensive settings
  • Models of care in short term team based programs
  • Milieu based interventions
  • Implementation strategies

Quality Improvement

  • Program development
  • Working with inter-professional teams
  • Psychology leadership in these care settings
  • Access and follow-up models
  • Models of care/implementation
  • Identifying and implementing admission and discharge criteria and patient goals for treatment in acute settings
  • Promoting and developing competence in intervention implementation across service providers and multidisciplinary teams

We welcome papers utilizing diverse forms of methodology including, but not limited to, case studies, program evaluation, quality improvement projects, cohort studies, well-conducted randomized controlled trials, qualitative and mixed method investigations, and systematic reviews and meta-analyses. Authors should remember that EPCAMH is a practice-oriented journal and submissions should be of clinical utility to practicing clinicians. Given the journal’s focus, papers should address the evidence that supports clinical recommendations. Additionally, authors are encouraged to consider and identify how program models could be adapted and implemented in settings beyond those in which the study was conducted.

For questions, please email Jarrod Leffler at [email protected].

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