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RTC Waiver Program Research and Evaluation: Study 5

Maryland Children’s Mental Health EBP Supervisors’ Academy

There are many barriers standing in the way of using manuals in community-based, “real world” settings. For many clinicians, the idea of learning and implementing a long list of evidence-based, manualized treatments can be overwhelming. For many agencies, funding the purchase of resources and training clinical staff on many different manualized treatments is impossible. This project is intended to support agencies and their clinicians interested in learning how to infuse more evidence-based treatment techniques in their usual care. The “Common Elements” approach is designed specifically for clinicians to implement flexibly, using data-driven decision making for individual client progress on a wide variety of presenting problems. Using the "Common Elements" approach (and provision of resources from PracticeWise), the Supervisors' Academy project aims to enhance community mental health agency capacity to deliver treatment techniques common across many evidence-based practice models through a workforce development project. Specifically, this project will examine the feasibility and effectiveness of a Supervisors' Academy, in which intensive training and ongoing consultation will be provided to supervisors of community mental health clinicians using a "train-the-trainer" model. The goal of this project is to support the successful training and implementation of evidence-based practices in community settings.  

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