Training and Supervision - How to do it

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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.