Contemporary School Psychology

, Volume 21, Issue 3, pp 287–297 | Cite as

Broadening Our Understanding of Evidence-Based Practice: Effective and Discredited Interventions

  • Brian A. ZaboskiEmail author
  • Anna P. Schrack
  • Diana Joyce-Beaulieu
  • Jann W. MacInnes


The proliferation of unsubstantiated or discredited interventions underscores the importance of the evidence-based practice (EBP) movement in school psychology. Although researchers have conducted several surveys on discredited interventions in counseling and clinical psychology, no studies have investigated the use of these treatments in school psychology. This survey presented Florida Association of School Psychologist members with three categories of treatment: discredited treatments, treatments with mixed research results, and evidence-based treatments. Participants were asked to rate (1) the likelihood that they would recommend an intervention and (2) an intervention’s level of research support. Participants demonstrated unfamiliarity with discredited treatments, overestimated the research support for ineffective techniques, and expressed a desire to learn about discredited interventions through training and professional development opportunities. Training implications for school psychology programs are discussed.


Evidence-based practice Discredited intervention School-based mental health School psychological services Children and adolescents 


Compliance with Ethical Standards

Conflict of Interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

Ethical Approval

All procedures performed in studies involving human participants were in accordance with the ethical standards of the institutional and/or national research committee and with the 1964 Helsinki Declaration and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards.

Informed Consent

Informed consent was obtained from all individual participants included in the study.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Brian A. Zaboski
    • 1
    Email author
  • Anna P. Schrack
    • 1
  • Diana Joyce-Beaulieu
    • 1
  • Jann W. MacInnes
    • 2
  1. 1.School of Special Education, School Psychology, & Early Childhood StudiesUniversity of FloridaGainesvilleUSA
  2. 2.School of Human Development and Organization StudiesUniversity of FloridaGainesvilleUSA

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