Years of scientific research have shown that some types of mental health treatment, like cognitive behavioral therapy, are more effective than others. But not all providers offer those treatments, and a new study shows just how challenging it can be to get them to switch.
The study, published recently in the journal Implementation Science, surveyed mental health providers at 20 publicly funded clinics in Philadelphia that treat youths under age 18. The clinicians were asked three times between 2013 and 2017 what type of treatments they were providing. During this time, city officials offered free training for therapists on these evidence-based treatments and gave recognition to those who adopted them.
Yet over five years, the use of the most effective, scientifically proven treatments increased only 6 percent, the study found.