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ERIC Number: EJ843956
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 31
ISSN: ISSN-1533-2705
Evaluation of a Cross-Training Curriculum for Mental Health and Addiction Counselors
Wendler, Alicia M.; Murdock, Tamera B.
Journal of Teaching in the Addictions, v4 n2 p63-78 2005
Cross-training professionals from mental health and addiction treatment systems can help further the goal of comprehensive treatment for clients with co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders (co-occurring disorders). Two such trainings brought together 122 professionals from mental health and addiction treatment fields. This evaluation study explored changes in treatment staffs' knowledge, beliefs, and cross-disciplinary collaboration over the course of the 22.5 hour training. Results suggest that participants benefited from exposure to content outside their respective discipline, and knowledge of co-occurring disorders and treatment for co-occurring disorders improved. Both groups of professionals endorsed similar beliefs about the nature and etiology of addiction over the course of the training. Differences emerged in participants' views about cross-disciplinary collaboration, with addiction treatment professionals reporting more agency collaboration. Participants favored aspects of the cross-training process, whereby they were able to work with professionals outside their discipline in both small and large group formats. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Counselors
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Kansas; Missouri