Train-the- Trainer Model for Implementing IPT
A practical, scalable, effective means of training therapists to implement evidence-based therapies is needed. One option for which there is a strong theoretical case for changing therapist behavior is the train-the-trainer approach, which centers around the development of a trainer who then trains therapists in the setting and serves as an internal coach.
In a recent study, the authors compared the implementation outcomes of 2 methods of training therapists to treat depression and eating disorders on university campuses using IPT. Counseling centers were randomized to the expert condition, which involved a workshop and 12 months of follow-up consultation, or the train-the-trainer condition, in which a staff member from the counseling center was coached to train other staff members. The main outcomes were therapist fidelity (adherence and competence) to IPT and the therapist knowledge of IPT.
Results demonstrate that the trainer model produced training outcomes comparable with the expert model with respect to adherence and actually demonstrated superiority with respect to competence. Because a trainer is embedded in the site, therapists can continuously be trained over a prolonged period, providing sustainability of benefits, including potential cost-effectiveness. This model may also be a particularly good fit for college counseling centers, which typically have new trainees entering each year. Given its potential capability to train more therapists over time, the train-the-trainer model has the potential to facilitate widespread dissemination of IPT. Read More
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