Training Technology To Enhance Addiction Counselor Helping (Teach-Cbt)

SSW Investigator(s):

Maryann Amodeo, PhD

Major Outside Collaborators:

Mary Jo Larson, PhD, Principal Research Scientist & Director,
Institute for Health Services Research & Policy
New England Research Institute, Waltham, MA
Susan Storti, PhD, RN, Addiction Technology Transfer Center of New England, Brown University, Providence, RI

Funding Source:

National Institute on Drug Abuse (2003-2008)

Project Description:

This randomized controlled trial with 120 counselors and their supervisor from substance abuse treatment agencies across the country assesses the effectiveness of a Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) Web course compared to a manual-based CBT training on several counselor outcomes: (a) knowledge of CBT, (b) attitudes toward evidence-based practices, (c) attitudes toward CBT interventions, and (d) use of specific CBT strategies (assessed through audio-taped client sessions). The study uses an experimental and delayed control group design. The Web course, using state-of-the-art technology, has 8 modules inclusive of 16 hours of online training and off-line assignments and is available to counselors 24 hours/day, 7 days/week. The Web course provides numerous handouts and access to a discussion board, engages the user with interactivity and exercises, and teaches through multiple formats, resulting in a unique learning opportunity for counselors. Course content, building on NIDA’s CBT treatment manual, was developed by experts from several institutions.