ERIC Number: EJ1090508
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Mar
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 73
An Interdisciplinary University-Based Initiative for Graduate Training in Evidence-Based Treatments for Children's Mental Health
Kerns, Suzanne E. U.; Cevasco, Molly; Comtois, Katherine A.; Dorsey, Shannon; King, Kevin; McMahon, Robert; Sedlar, Georganna; Lee, Terry G.; Mazza, James J.; Lengua, Liliana; Davis, Carol; Evans-Campbell, Tessa; Trupin, Eric W.
Journal of Emotional and Behavioral Disorders, v24 n1 p3-15 Mar 2016
States and jurisdictions are under increased pressure to demonstrate the use of evidence-based treatments (EBTs) for children's mental health, increasing the demand for a workforce trained in these practices. Universities are a critical pipeline for this workforce. This article describes the genesis and evolution of a university-based initiative for training in EBTs for children, youth, and families. Given both the need to make training in EBTs available to future providers in a range of disciplines and that mental health providers increasingly find themselves on interdisciplinary teams (despite university-based training being relatively siloed along disciplinary lines), the initiative has had an interdisciplinary focus. Two tracks are described: (a) Practitioner Track, a course series in which students learn a specific EBT, and (b) Referral Track, a monthly lecture series designed to engage a wider university and community audience. Results of the program evaluation component of this initiative revealed that students can significantly increase their skills and self-efficacy in components of EBT delivery through participation in the active, skill-focused courses. Furthermore, the results of the lecture series evaluation appear to meet an important need for community-based providers and other supportive individuals in transferring useful knowledge about best practices. Implications and future directions are discussed.
Descriptors: Interdisciplinary Approach, Emotional Disturbances, Behavior Disorders, Self Efficacy, Program Descriptions, Mental Health Workers, Program Evaluation, Graduate Study, Graduate Students, Counselor Training, Referral, Lecture Method, Best Practices, Universities, Needs Assessment, Student Surveys, Student Attitudes, Nursing Education, Social Work, Psychiatry, Special Education, Child Psychology, Pretests Posttests, College Faculty
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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