Clinical Training Academy

    In order to increase use of evidence-based practices, we provide training to practitioners serving families affected by substance use and related behavior problems such as ADHD. Training focuses on increased family involvement in treatment, enhanced family relational and coping skills, and facilitating education on medication use.

    Our trainings include live online and self-guided formats, as well as video-based learning, educational manuals and consultations. They are tailored to the needs of behavioral health clinicians, physicians and other medical staff, home visiting and wraparound workers, school counselors, paraprofessionals, peer supports and other providers.

    Centering family involvement

    The current science tells us that relational treatment is most effective. Rather than understanding problems as solely existing within people, we are invested in identifying solutions that exist between people and between people and larger systems.

    Enhancing family relationships and relations to systems can support practitioners in embracing a paradigm shift. While most providers identify the value in increasing family participation in treatment of a loved one’s substance use problem, adapting their clinical practice is a challenge.

    Inviting improvement in family skills

    Trainings support practitioners in teaching more effective behaviors to individuals with substance use and their families, and promoting self-care among family members. Skills that practitioners can offer include positive communication, principles of positive reinforcement, problem- solving and more.

    Facilitating education on medication use

    Effective medication exists for several behavioral health problems and is also widely under-utilized. Family involvement in understanding medication and making decisions around its use is vital. Trainings support practitioners in promoting informative conversations between individuals who could benefit from medication and their loved ones. As a result, individuals and their families can become more informed and supported around treatment plans.

    Available training curricula

    We provide training to practitioners on the following subjects and therapy models. Use the contact form below for more information.

    Foundations of Systemic Family Therapy for Substance Use Problems

    An introduction to family therapy techniques for substance use disorder (SUD) with modules on Family Engagement, Family Therapy Techniques, Community Reinforcement Approach and Family Training (CRAFT), Couples, and Family Therapy & Telemedicine (informed by SAMHSA’s Treatment Improvement Protocol).

    Core Elements of Family Therapy for Adolescent Conduct and Substance Use Problems

    Introduces providers to family therapy techniques focused on increasing family engagement and offers a foundation for a jump to systems thinking. Training focuses on three segments: Family Involvement in Treatment, Family Skills Training and Systemic Family Therapy.

    Community Reinforcement Approach and Family Training (CRAFT)

    CRAFT is a scientifically proven approach to help parents and other caregivers improve the way they relate to their child and motivate behavior change. It also encourages caregivers to take care of their own needs in the process.

    FamilyFrame

    Centered around 13 core techniques of Family Therapy and using video-based modeling along with weekly course modules. It can be accessed solely as a self-guided online course or paired with varying levels of immersive feedback and consultation.

    CBTFrame

    Centered around 10 core techniques of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and uses video-based modeling along with weekly course modules. It can be accessed solely as a self-guided online course or paired with varying levels of immersive feedback and consultation.

    Medication Education and Decision-making Support for Youth with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (MEDS-ADHD)

    Provides psychoeducation on ADHD in adolescence and offers ways to guide families through this diagnosis, including the potential for incorporating medication into an adolescent’s treatment.

    Changing Academic Support in the Home for Adolescents with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CASH-AADHD)

    Adapts school-based academic interventions for delivery in outpatient care and focuses on family motivational interventions, homework management and schoolwork organizational skills, and therapist-family-school collaboration.

    Contact us

    For more information on receiving expert-delivered training and consultation, or with questions on how to access online learning.

    Our team

    Clinical trainings are developed and facilitated by the following behavioral scientists and training staff.

    Aaron Hogue, Ph.D.

    Co-Director of Clinical Training

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    Molly Bobeck, L.C.S.W.

    Co-Director & Clinical Trainer

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    Luis Torres, M.P.H.

    Product Lead & Instructional Designer

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