Implementing a Web-Based Intervention to Train Community Clinicians in an Evidence-Based Psychotherapy

A Pilot Study

Published in: Psychiatric Services, v. 66, no. 9, Sep. 2015, p. 988-991

Posted on RAND.org on May 06, 2015

by Bradley D. Stein, Karen Celedonia, Holly A. Swartz, Melissa E. DeRosier, Mark J. Sorbero, Rayni A. Brindley, Rachel M. Burns, Andrew W. Dick, Ellen Frank

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OBJECTIVE: The authors conducted a feasibility assessment of online training plus an online learning collaborative to support implementation of an evidence-based psychosocial treatment in a community mental health system. METHODS: Two mental health centers were randomly allocated to in-person training with local supervision, and three were assigned to online training plus an online learning collaborative supported by expert clinicians. Participants (N=36) were clinicians interested in interpersonal and social rhythm therapy (IPSRT), an evidence-based psychotherapy for bipolar disorder. After training, 136 patients reported monthly on the extent to which clinicians used 19 IPSRT techniques. RESULTS: Clinicians from both training groups increased use of IPSRT techniques. Patients of clinicians receiving Internet-supported e-learning and of those receiving in-person training reported comparable clinician use of IPSRT techniques. CONCLUSIONS: Internet-supported e-learning by community clinicians was found to be feasible and led to uptake of an evidence-based psychotherapy comparable to that by clinicians who received face-to-face training.

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