Training and Supervision Plan

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Do you have a training and supervision plan?

The content of training will vary depending on the Evidence-based practice being implemented, but it's important to remember that staff members at all levels require training when a new practice is being implemented.

Effective training involves:

  • Providing practitioners with the background information, theory, philosophy and values of the new program or practice
  • Introducing and demonstrating the components and rationals of key practices
  • Providing opportunities to practice specific skills related to the new way of work and receive feedback in a safe training environment
  • Providing staff with opportunities for quality interaction[1]

[1]Iowa Practice Improvement Collaborative (PIC) Project, Evidence-Based Practices: An Implementation Guide for Community-Based Substance Abuse Treatment Agencies, 2003.

Some key elements identified as part of a successful training plan are:

  • Training must take place over time
  • Develop a training/technology transfer plan early on in the process
  • Use a variety of learning formats to increase the chance of reaching as many staff as possible
  • Train teams rather than individuals
  • Make sure that program directors and clinical supervisors have been trained
  • Build practice time into training[1]

Seek technical assistance from the program developer (researcher) or other implementation-consulting group

Training usually is designed to introduce the learner to the essential elements of a new set of skills. However, this formal knowledge needs to be supplemented with craft knowledge to see this new practice in the real world. Having a coach to help guide you can be a tremendous asset.


[1]Iowa Practice Improvement Collaborative (PIC) Project, Evidence-Based Practices: An Implementation Guide for Community-Based Substance Abuse Treatment Agencies, 2003.

You can also visit the Network of Practice forums to see what your colleagues and researchers have said. The following discussion was on the topic of training.

Finding Technical Assistance

  • You can view a national registry of Blending Product Trainers on the ATTC website.
  • NREPP has information on EBPs and links to the original research and information on where to obtain training and other materials.
  • Contact your regional ATTC for information on local training and technical assistance opportunities
  • Contact your State Substance Abuse Authority for information on training.