Author's School

Brown School

Author's Department

Social Work

Document Type

Journal Article

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Patterson Silver Wolf (Adelv unegv Waya), D. A. (2014) What are the ideal characteristics of empirically supported treatment adopters? Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment, 24(3), 408-414. DOI: 10.1080/10911359.2014.875343


There has been a clear and consistent shift in social work practice from offering treatment as usual to implementing empirically supported treatments (ESTs). As social work researchers and practitioners continue to evaluate the effectiveness of ESTs, their impact on clinical outcomes, and the various obstacles to their adoption, a developing literature could offer some guidance on characteristics of EST adopters. This paper provides a beginning discussion of the ideal characteristics of EST adopters both at the organizational and individual-levels. While this is a developing area of study, there are some important findings that could better serve community-based organizations, its work force, and the communities they serve.


This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Routledge in Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment on March 25, 2014, available online:

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