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March 2016Vol. 17, No. 1Comparing Evidence-Based Treatment Training Models

Evidence-based treatment research often remains within university and educational settings; therefore, information is limited for professionals in the field. Child welfare professionals working with children facing behavioral health issues may be interested in a recent article in the Implementation Science journal sharing a study conducted across 50 licensed psychiatric clinics in Pennsylvania. The study compares the three most common evidence-based treatment training models: Learning Collaborative (LC), Cascading Model (CM), and Distance Education (DE). The article includes background on the models, how the study was conducted, and discussion of the best way to implement evidence-based treatments and measure outcomes. Discussion questions include:

  • What are the effects of the training condition and training outputs on evidence-based treatment?
  • What are the implementation outcomes, including acceptability, feasibility, sustainability, and cost across systems?
  • How can evaluation improve parent-child interactions for those families treated by clinicians?

Access the article, "Protocol for a Statewide Randomized Control Trial to Compare Three Training Models for Implementing an Evidence-Based Treatment," by Amy D. Herschell, David J. Kolko, Ashley T. Scudder, Sarah Taber-Thomas, Kristen F. Schaffner, Shelley A. Hiegel, Satish Iyengar et al., Implementation Science, 10, 2015, at