Knowledge Exchange and Skills Training for Therapists

Barrick | Collins | Smyth

The goal of this study was to develop a training program for therapists using a combination of laptop computers, an interactive database, and distance learning in a state-of-the-science, innovative model of technology transfer and knowledge exchange. The training program offers instructional design technology, a constructivist theory-based approach to learning, and a computer-based Post-Training Support Center. A clinical trial in a series of four phases allowed for ongoing development and refinement of the training materials with 90 volunteer clinicians. This investigation will provide a better quality of learning and understanding and make empirically supported treatments available to broad audiences of community-based clinicians. Dr. Chris Barrick’s co-investigators are Drs. R. Lorraine Collins, UB School of Public Health and Health Professions, School of Public Health and Health Professions, and Nancy Smyth, UB School of Social Work. Funded by a grant of $1,585,000 from NIDA, 2005-2010.