C4 experts present on Friday, April 13 at the 2018 Society of Behavioral Medicine Annual Meeting in New Orleans, LA.

Kathleen Ferreia, Director of Research and Evaluation, presents a poster session on “Motivational Interviewing Simulator: An Experiential Online Training Tool” at 6:15 pm in the Churchill Ballroom (Poster Session C-C139). With a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase II grant from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), C4 developed and evaluated the Motivational Interviewing Simulator: An Experiential Online Training Tool. The “Sim” brings together MI training approaches with online simulation technology to guide users through case-based scenarios that strengthen and reinforce MI skills. C4 recruited 180 practitioners from 20 programs working with individuals living in supportive housing (many of whom have histories of mental illness, drug and alcohol addiction, and homelessness) to test the Sim. Kathleen will illustrate findings from this study and discuss within the context of the human service training landscape.

Catriona Wilkey, Deputy Director of Research and Evaulation, presenrs a featured poster session on “CSC OnDemand: A Novel Training and Implementation Package to Support Coordinated Specialty Care (CSC) Teams” at 6:15 pm in the Churchill Ballroom (Featured Poster Session-F104). Through a Fast-Track SBIR grant from NIMH, C4 partnered with expert faculty to develop and evaluate a novel training and implementation package supports CSC teams by providing basic training, role-specific content, peer learning, and ongoing access to resources and materials. In a Phase I pilot study, we tested the CSC OnDemand prototype, assessing feasibility, acceptability, and preliminary effectiveness among three teams of providers serving individuals with first episode psychosis. Findings demonstrate the value of CSC OnDemand as a learning tool for providers and agencies serving individuals with early psychosis and support the transition to a Phase II randomized clinical effectiveness trial.

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