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The use of evidence-based practices (EBPs) in social services is gaining momentum as the standard of care. However, many residential settings employ individuals without advanced formal education and training as Direct Service Professionals (DSPs). Typically, these lower-level workers provide the majority of daily care to the more challenged clients, often leading to poorer quality of client care, staff burnout, and high staff turnover rates [1]. The use of EBPs has the potential to mitigate poor client and staff outcomes in such settings when appropriate training can support fidelity to the intervention model. Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is demonstrated to be an effective intervention for a growing number of behavioral health disorders [2]. However, training is required to successfully implement DBT, and maintenance relies on reinforcement by the program milieu in which it is delivered [3]. Provision of training on EBPs, such as DBT, is important for both quality of client care and workforce development. This paper presents a DBT training delivery model and a process evaluation designed to provide feedback on the implementation of the model. The DBT training initiative sought to create a “DBT-informed program culture” through staff training and program-level consultation in four phases. Results from the first phase of staff training are presented.

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Implementation Science




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