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Augmenting continuing education with psychologically focused group consultation: Effects on adoption of group drug counseling
AuthorLuoma, Jason B.
Hayes, Steven C.
Twohig, Michael P.
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This study examines whether adding psychologically focused group consultation to a standard 1-day continuing education workshop on Group Drug Counseling (GDC), a group therapy with evidence of eftectiveness in the treatment of substance abuse problems, improves GDC adoption. Counselors who had taken a 1-day workshop were randomly assigned to an 8-week course of group consultation that met for 1.5 hr per session (n = 16) or to no additional contact (n = 14). The group consultation used Relapse Prevention and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy principles to help participants overcome psychological barriers to the adoption of GDC. Results showed that the 1-day workshop resulted in attempts by trainees to implement the new therapy, but that the consultation condition maintained significantly higher levels of adoption and 2- and 4-month followups. Additionally, those in the group consultation condition reported a higher sense of personal accomplishment at the 4-month followup. These findings suggest that empirically supported psychotherapy models can be used to decrease clinicians' psychological barriers to adoption of evidence-based psychotherapy methods.