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Dissemination and Implementation of Evidence–Based Practices: Training and Consultation as Implementation Strategies

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Address correspondence to Julie M. Edmunds, Department of Psychology, Temple University, 1701 North 13th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19122. E-mail: julie.edmunds@temple.edu.

Abstract

To provide effective treatment for individuals with mental health needs, there is a movement to deploy evidence-based practices (EBPs) developed in research settings into community settings. Training clinicians in EBPs is often used as the primary implementation strategy in these efforts, despite evidence suggesting that training alone does not change therapist behavior. A promising implementation strategy that can be combined with training is consultation, or ongoing support. This article reviews the literature on consultation following initial training. A model of consultation is presented as well as preliminary findings regarding effective consultation techniques. Future directions are offered.

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