Category: Dissemination / Implementation

Symposium

Scalable Options for Extended Skill Building Following Didactic Training in CBT for Anxious Youth: A Pilot Randomized Trial

Sunday, November 19
8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Location: Aqua Salon E & F, Level 3, Aqua Level

Keywords: Adolescent Anxiety | Dissemination | Exposure
Presentation Type: Symposium

Background: A sizable gap exists between the availability of evidence-based psychological treatments and the number of community therapists capable of delivering such treatments. Limited time, resources, and access to experts prompt the need for easily disseminable, lower-cost options for therapist training and continued support beyond initial training.


Method: A pilot randomized trial tested scalable extended support models for therapists following initial training. Thirty-five post-degree professionals (43%) or graduate trainees (57%) from diverse disciplines, viewed an initial web-based training in cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) for youth anxiety, and then were randomly assigned to 10 weeks of Expert Streaming (ES; viewing weekly online supervision sessions of an expert providing consultation), Peer Consultation (PC; non-expert-led group discussions of CBT), or Fact Sheet Self-Study (FS; weekly review of instructional fact sheets).


Results. In initial expectations, trainees rated PC as more appropriate and useful to meet its goals than either ES or FS. At post, all support programs were rated as equally satisfactory and useful for therapists’ work, and comparable in increasing self-reported use of CBT strategies (b= .19, p=.02). In contrast, negative linear trends were found on a knowledge quiz (b= -1.23, p=.01) and self-reported beliefs about knowledge (b= -1.50, p.001) and skill (b= -1.15, p.001). Attrition and poor attendance presented a moderate concern for PC, and ES was rated as having the lowest implementation potential.


Conclusions. Preliminary findings encourage further development of low-cost, scalable options for continued support of evidence-based training.

Brian C. Chu

Associate Professor
Rutgers University

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