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Effectiveness of Two-Stage Training for Brief Interventionists in a Multi-Site Trial.

Poster presented at the College on Problems of Drug Dependence (CPDD) annual meeting, Hollywood, FL, June 18-23, 2011.

Michael P. Bogenschutz, MD (University of New Mexico, SW Node), Alyssa A. Forcehimes, PhD (University of New Mexico, SW Node), Christine Sanchez (University of New Mexico, SW Node), Dennis M. Donovan, PhD (Alcohol & Drug Abuse Institute, University of Washington, PN Node), Chris Dunn, PhD (University of Washington, PN Node), John S. Baer, PhD (Alcohol & Drug Abuse Institute, University of Washington, PN Node), Karin Wilson (University of New Mexico, SW Node), Raul N. Mandler, MD (Center for the Clinical Trials Network (CCTN), NIDA), Harold I. Perl, PhD (Center for the Clinical Trials Network (CCTN), NIDA), Theresa B. Moyers, PhD (University of New Mexico, SW Node).

Effective training in psychosocial treatment modalities is critical to maintaining fidelity in both research and practice. This poster reports on the effectiveness of a two-stage training for interventionists participating in a NIDA Clinical Trials Network study, protocol CTN-0047: Screening, Motivational Assessment, Referral, and Treatment in Emergency Departments (SMART-ED). Interventionists at the first two sites initiating the study received a 2-day training in basic Motivational Interviewing skills, followed 1 week later by a 2-day training in the specific counseling intervention used in the trial. They then completed practice sessions with consenting ED patients. Audiotapes of these sessions were reviewed by an expert rater, using the Motivational Interviewing Treatment Integrity scale (MITI, v. 3.1.2) and content checklists. To become certified, interventionists had to score at least 4.0 ("competent") on the 5-point Global Clinician Rating from the MITI and 80% on content checklists, for 2 out of 3 sessions. Participating interventionists were 5 females and 3 males, 4 of whom were licensed or certified as counselors, with 2 years mean counseling experience (range 0-7). Their self-reported pre-training understanding of MI was moderate (5.5 mean rating on Likert scale 0-9). All participants met criteria for certification after only 2 practice sessions. In conclusion, the two-stage interventionist training used in this study produced excellent results across the first 8 interventionists trained. Focusing first on fundamentals and later on specific intervention content may bestow an advantage for learning and implementing brief interventions based on a motivational interviewing approach. (Poster, PowerPoint slides, English, 2011)

Keywords: Brief intervention | Community health services | Counselors | CTN platform/ancillary study | CTP training | Emergency departments | Fidelity of implementation | Motivational Interviewing Treatment Integrity Instrument (MITI) | Screening, Brief Intervention, Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) | Training | College on Problems of Drug Dependence (CPDD) annual meeting, 2011

Document No: 700

Submitted by Michael Bogenschutz, MD, SW Node (6/27/2011).

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