Category: Dissemination / Implementation

Panel Discussion

Panel Discussion 22 - Exploring the Intersection of Policy, Practice, and Research: Adapting an Evidence-Based Ecological Intervention

Saturday, November 18
3:45 PM - 5:15 PM
Location: Indigo Ballroom A, Level 2, Indigo Level

Keywords: Evidence-Based Practice | Implementation | DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy)
Presentation Type: Panel Discussion

Disseminating evidence-based interventions in diverse contexts requires careful attention to implementation contexts that often differ from those under which the interventions were first developed. In close alignment with the overall theme Applying CBT in Diverse Contexts, this panel discussion focuses on the intersection of policy, practice and research in bringing an intervention based on dialectic and cognitive behavior therapeutic principles to the Child Welfare Services (CWS) in the Northern Norway. The intervention has been adapted to Norwegian CWS in a collaboration between University of Washington, Bufetat Region North and the Centre for Child and Adolescent Mental Health, and brings together Family Integrated Transition (FIT) and the residential DBT derived Integrated Treatment model (ITM).  Northern Norway’s population resides in small cities and remote towns above the Arctic Circle, providing a challenging framework for combining effective interventions and equal provision of services. For this panel, participants will hear from multiple perspectives on the implementation of ITM/FIT and standardized assessment in Northern Norway, highlighting the way policy, practice and research mutually inform implementation. The treatment developer will detail the initial intervention research, the theory of change, and steps taken to translate the intervention materials. Policy-makers from the region will discuss the decision to adopt the intervention, including a focus on the need to develop new competencies within the workforce. The intersection of the intervention as initially designed and the necessary adaptations for the Norwegian context will be outlined. Researchers from Norway and the United States will discuss the unique challenges in evaluating outcomes, including choosing the best design, accommodating necessary adaptations to the treatment, ensuring moderators and mediators are assessed and designing an evaluation that is pragmatic and mutually informs policy. Finally, clinical consultants will describe the strengths and challenges in workforce training. This discussion will be enriched with qualitative feedback from 6 semi-structured interviews with institution-based staff.

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Kristin Presteng

Director
Bufetat Region North

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Oda Skagseth

PhD student
Center for Child and Adolescent Mental Health

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Sarah Cusworth Walker

Associate Professor
University of Washington

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Eric Trupin

Professor
University of Washington

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Pal Christian Bergstrom

Director General
Bufetat Region North

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Suzanne Kern

Associate professsor
University of Washington

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