Testing a community developed training protocol for an evidence-based treatment

Lauren B. Quetsch, Amy D. Herschell, David Kolko, Brittany K. Liebsack, Regina A. Carroll

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The implementation of evidence-based treatments (EBTs) in community behavioral health settings is a recommended practice, yet training experienced by community-based clinicians may require novel and creative training methods. The current study focused on creating a training protocol for Alternative for Families: a Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy from both evidence-based foundations and community-based agency feedback to promote better EBT integration into agencies. Twenty-four clinicians from three agencies were trained using a community-informed training protocol. Outcomes for clinician-reports of organizational functioning, self-reports of skill and knowledge, and observational single-subject data of clinician skills were assessed. Minimal improvements were found for clinician skills across self-report and observations. More research on tailoring trainings to meet needs of community agencies and clinicians should be explored to determine best practice in wide-scale implementation efforts.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number102055
JournalEvaluation and Program Planning
StatePublished - Jun 2022
Externally publishedYes


  • Alternative for Families: a Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy
  • Clinician training
  • Cognitive-behavior therapy
  • Implementation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Business and International Management
  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Strategy and Management
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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