The purpose of study was to assess the impact of an online training program for a brief cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) that integrated physical health management designed for use by mental health providers in the primary care setting.
In total, 19 providers from two Veterans Health Administration (VHA) medical centers completed online training as part of a larger trial. Statistical analyses compared provider self-reported CBT knowledge and abilities at pretraining, posttraining, and long-term follow-up. Additionally, data were collected on providers’ experiences of the training.
Providers’ baseline to post-training scores improved on general CBT knowledge and ability, as well as across 11 CBT principles and techniques. Post-training scores were maintained over time.
A small sample size, sole focus on VHA data, and reliance on self-report measures are limitations of the study.
Qualitative data suggested training was feasible, acceptable, and potentially scalable; however, a one-size-fits-all approach may not be ideal.
Online training has potential for providing wider access to providers with limited access to traditional face-to-face training.
This material is based upon work supported by the Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration, Health Services Research and Development grant IIR 09-088 to Jeffrey A. Cully and partially supported by the facilities and resources at the Houston VA HSR&D Center for Innovations in Quality, Effectiveness and Safety (CIN13-413). The opinions expressed are the authors and not necessarily those of the Department of Veterans Affairs, the US Government or Baylor College of Medicine. The funders played no role in study design; in the collection, analysis and interpretation of data; in the writing of the report; or in the decision to submit the article for publication. All procedures performed were in accordance with the ethical standards of the institutional and/or national research committee and with the 1964 Helsinki declaration, and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards. Informed consent was obtained from all individual participants included in the study.
Conflict-of-interest statement: the authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.
Sorocco, K., Mignogna, J., Kauth, M.R., Hundt, N., Stanley, M.A., Thakur, E., Ratcliff, C.G. and Cully, J.A. (2018), "Online CBT training for mental health providers in primary care", The Journal of Mental Health Training, Education and Practice, Vol. 13 No. 4, pp. 228-237. https://doi.org/10.1108/JMHTEP-08-2017-0049
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