In the age of healthcare reform, clinical addiction professionals must stay "at the top of their game" now more than ever. One way to do this is by improving their practice through continual professional development for the purpose of learning new evidence-based practices.
Clinical Supervisors can facilitate the process of integrating EBPs into routine practice by taking certain actions during the various phases represented in the ATTC model as follows:
- Continually keep abreast of the best available science to successfully help a variety of patients/clients and presenting problems.
- Share your efforts at using new practices with other clinicians
- Promote the use of new practices within the context of clinical supervision.
- Maintain personal professional development and licenses/certifications.
- Provide training to staff.
- Support overall staff development.
- Contribute to and foster the "evidence-based culture" within the organization.
- Work with your local ATTC.
- Assist in determining the appropriateness of the new intervention selected relative to the specific needs of the clients served.
- Reinforce positive attitudes among clinicians to adopt and implement new practices.
- Determine the accuracy of clinicians' skills to recommend best-fit match of clinicians with any particular new practice.
- Relate compatibility of practice with regulations and standards (federal, state, accreditation, etc.).
- Communicate barriers to the adoption of EBPs to the leadership of the organization.
- Supplement formal training knowledge with "real world knowledge" so clinicians and colleagues can learn the value and practical application of the new practice.
- Support the clinician in adopting new clinical practices through the provision of focused supervision, guidance and feedback.
- Provide clinician(s) a structured process to ensure efficient use of time and resources, and allow time in supervision for reflection on the quality of services offered to the clients.
- Develop and continually reinforce personal skills in any practice selected for implementation.
- Monitor clinicians via observance of direct service provision or review of clinical documentation to ensure fidelity and consistency in adherence to new evidence-based practice.
- Promote the clinician's conceptualization and understanding of the theory and skills related to any new practice.
- Celebrate the use of new practices.
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