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University of Nebraska Public Policy Center

Clinician Training & Consultation

PPC researchers can provide a schedule of training and consultation that enhance the behavioral health and human services fields and respond to requests for education of clinical supervisors that support evidence based practice. Training and consultation are focused on these main areas:

Clinical Supervision Foundations (CSF) – This course is a two day research based curriculum developed by the National Addiction Technology Transfer Center to meet the needs of Clinical Supervisors in addictions to be adequately trained as clinical supervisors. CSF provides a training that addresses both administrative and clinical supervisory skills delivered by Master Trainers in the Clinical Supervision Foundations curriculum. The importance of this project to Nebraska is crucial in providing evidence based and well researched curriculum to train the workforce.

Motivational Interviewing (MI) – Motivational Interviewing is a collaborative, goal oriented method of communication to strengthen and foster motivation to change toward a specific goal. Motivational Interviewing has empirical evidence supporting greater engagement and retention in treatment services across several disciplines and especially in behavioral health and health applications. Evidence based practice is critical to improved client outcomes. Organizations, agencies, and clinicians continue to request training for Motivational Interviewing (MI). Trainings offered are: 1 or 2 Day Introduction to Motivational Interviewing; or 1 or 2 Day Intermediate Motivational Interviewing; 1 Day Motivational Interviewing Skill Building, Motivational Interviewing Assessment – Supervisory Tools to Enhance Proficiency (MIA-STEP). Training has been offered to professionals in behavioral health, probation, health, case managers, and public health.

Assessing and Managing Suicide Risk (AMSR) – Suicidal behavior is a major cause of death and disability in the United States. While many people are treated in hospital emergency departments each year following a suicide attempt, many providers have not been trained specifically to assess, treat, and manage suicide. AMSR addresses an important training gap by teaching the essential core competencies that meet the needs of an entire spec­trum of behavioral health professionals, including psy­chiatrists, psychologists, licensed counselors, social workers, and employee assistance professionals. This one day training for clinicians is an evidence based practice that is critical in addressing the ongoing concern of suicide ideation.

Ethics for the Human Services Professional – The importance of ethical behavior is well known and numerous professions have created Codes of Ethics to guide practitioners. Ethical challenges face all professionals and as responsible healthcare, behavioral health and business professionals we are required to protect the dignity and worth of human beings by following the ethical principles of autonomy, beneficence and justice to must guide professional and personal conduct. The Ethics training offered through the Public Policy Center focuses on assisting professionals to acknowledge and apply ethical principles and develop reflective practice.

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