257392 Promoting counselor growth through mentorship: A clinical supervision training

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Jennifer Scherer, PhD , Vice President Global Evaluation and Training, Danya International, Silver Spring, MD
Jessica Tercha , Global Evaluation and Training, Danya International, Inc., Silver Spring, MD
Baoyi Zheng, PhD , Global Evaluation and Training, Danya International, Atlanta, GA
Funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), Danya International developed a 30-hour multimedia in-person and Web-based training curriculum for clinical supervisors of substance abuse counselors. The Promoting Counselor Growth Through Mentorship curriculum is designed to increase the knowledge and skill set of clinical supervisors in the substance abuse field as well as to prepare senior addiction treatment staff to become clinical supervisors. Other goals include: to help counselors achieve Certified Clinical Supervisor (CCS) certification from the IC&RC; to increase learning, skills acquisition, and adoption of new knowledge regarding clinical supervision using a variety of learning styles; and to increase opportunities for professional mentorship, clinical competency, and professional growth. The PCGTM training program consists of a comprehensive and highly interactive Web-based curriculum and 3-day in-person training led by an expert in the field of substance abuse counseling and clinical supervision. Training modules have been developed to encourage group discussion, problem-solving activities, and role plays in a didactic and engaging learning environment. In addition, a train-the-trainer component was also developed to encourage exemplary supervisors to share the PCGTM curriculum with others at their sites. Researchers conducted a comprehensive outcome evaluation of participant knowledge, attitudes and satisfaction with training experiences. Participants from treatment and control groups were tracked for 3 months following training completion to determine training impact. Overwhelmingly, participants receiving PCGTM training responded positively to the training. PCGTM training participants demonstrate a significant increase in knowledge regarding clinical supervision principles and an improvement in self-confidence which was not significant.

Learning Areas:
Ethics, professional and legal requirements
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs

Learning Objectives:
1) Describe primary goals of the Promoting Counselor Growth Through Mentorship (PCGTM) training program; 2) Discuss procedures and results of evaluation activities and implications regarding PCGTM goals

Keywords: Substance Abuse Treatment, Curricula

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have been a project director for numerous federally funded public and behavioral health grants in the developmet, implementation, and evaluation of curricula for youth substance abusers in treatment, trainings for addictions professionals and social workers, as well as educational curricula for children and youth to prevent substance use.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.