An Examination of Behavioral Rehearsal During Consultation as a Predictor of Training Outcomes

Department of Psychology, Temple University, 1701 North 13th Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19122, USA, .
Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research (Impact Factor: 3.44). 04/2013; 40(6). DOI: 10.1007/s10488-013-0490-8
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The training literature suggests that ongoing support following initial therapist training enhances training outcomes, yet little is known about what occurs during ongoing support and what accounts for its effectiveness. The present study examined consultation sessions provided to 99 clinicians following training in cognitive-behavioral therapy for youth anxiety. Recorded consultation sessions (N = 104) were coded for content and consultative methods. It was hypothesized that behavioral rehearsal (an active learning technique) would predict therapist adherence, skill, self-efficacy, and satisfaction at post-consultation. Regression analyses found no significant relation, however, clinician involvement during consultation sessions positively moderated the relationship between behavioral rehearsals and skill. Implications, limitations, and future directions are discussed.

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    • "The present study is among the first to use qualitative methods to examine therapists perspectives about the utility of consultation as an implementation strategy following training in CBT for child anxiety. We intend for this qualitative study to be read as a companion to the quantitative data reported (Edmunds et al. 2013) in that it helps provide meaning to the process of consultation and delineates core themes which may be useful in future studies of consultation, which qualitative inquiry is particularly well suited for (Palinkas et al. 2011). Overall, therapists' responses reflected common themes regarding their experience of consultation as an implementation strategy following training to support implementation of CBT for child anxiety in community settings. "
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