Real world staff training

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dhgustaf's picture
Joined: 02/21/2012 - 09:13
Real world staff training

The University of Iowa created a document called Evidence-based Practices: An Implementation Guide for Community-Based Substance Abuse Treatment Agencies. In the section on staff training they say that "We have learned that training must be ongoing, not a one-shot, hit and run activity." Research from NIRN backs this up. You all probably have anecdotal evidence to back that up as well. The Iowa guide lists 8 or 9 ideas on how to train staff, in an on-going fashion. I guess my question is what is the reality of staff training? Do you feel that you're able to give or get the amount of support and training necessary?

donnas's picture
Joined: 06/10/2014 - 16:45

So far I have found that if I casually interview staff and find out what they are doing well, I can then encourage them that the EB practice is going to support something they already find to be effective. If using an EB manual makes charting and turning in notes more efficient that helps. It does take a relationship to bring about change. One training is not enough. Camaraderie is important!

Joined: 06/11/2014 - 13:50

We are exploring different case management evidence based practices for substance abuse (specifically residential site), but we have many case managers who lack formal education. While we have placed value on hiring staff who have overcome their own substance abuse, traditional training styles have not been very effective. Does anyone have any creative ideas/resources? Have others noted this?

michael boyle
michael boyle's picture
Joined: 03/06/2012 - 12:23

A highly structured “manualized” approach to providing these services may be beneficial in providing training. This can provide a step by step on how to provide the services. One resource may be found at the Behavioral Health Recovery Management web site at Look under clinical guidelines/addictions and there is a guide to recovery coaching and personal recovery planning. We posted this in a word format so organizations could download and use the resources and “brand” it as their own. We only request a citation to the original document and authors. When we implemented recovery coaching at the organization where I formerly worked, Clients were offered a recovery coach when in residential. A relationship was formed and the coach transitioned to outpatient or continuing care with the client when residential was completed. A caution is that, to my knowledge, there has never been a clinical trial completed on using recovery coaches. That said, many organizations are using case management/recovery coaching services and reporting positive experiences and high client satisfaction with the services.

MentalBlueprints's picture
Joined: 06/07/2014 - 16:07

Interesting and insightful! Staff training and real-world training is essential and beneficial both to the client and service professional. The organization and/or community entity should provide continued resources to staff. However, I also think that its important to remain active and grounded as far as reaching out personally to continue training, education and most importantly research. The field is very complex and is constantly changing as a service professional, psychotherapist and psychologist in an effort to sustain up-to-date practices; responsibility does not solely rely upon the organization but also the professional.