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Professional Development

In response to a shortage of adequately prepared addiction leaders, the ATTC Network, in partnership with SAMHSA/CSAT’s Partners for Recovery (PFR) and the USDA Graduate School, created a unique professional development opportunity to individuals in the addiction field called the PFR/ATTC Leadership Institute. The Leadership Institute is an intense leadership preparation program designed to cultivate the development of future addiction leaders. It provides professional development through a combination of evidenced-based training seminars, distance learning, and completion of a project within a six-month timeframe. Each individual partners with a mentor offering expertise vital in facilitating the development of future leaders.

The Training Point: an uncommon learning exchange for addictions trainers is a seven week course designed to enhance knowledge and abilities in addiction training. The first and last three weeks of the course are held online via the Blackboard Learning System. The middle week of the course is an intensive three-day face-to-face learning exchange. Topics covered include learning and training styles, adult learning principles, facilitation and presentation skills, reflective practice, and transformative learning.

The ATTC Network has conducted trainings throughout the country. To find what is being offered in your area, click on ATTC Regional Centers

The ATTC Network is improving addiction treatment by:

  • Enhancing Cultural Appropriateness - identifying standards of culturally appropriate practice and then generating ways for these to be adopted. Acknowledging the significant diversity among treatment service users and providers, the Network places substantial emphasis on implementing programs and practices which are customized to ensure addiction treatment that is respectful of individual cultures and circumstances.

  • Developing & Disseminating Tools -putting insights into action and maximizing the flow of knowledge to the addiction treatment workforce. The Network creates and distributes a wealth of information in a variety of forms including continuing education and academic courses, specialized publications, presentations and curriculum enhancements. Developed primarily for regional and national audiences, these tools also have international impact when published on the World Wide Web.

  • Building a Better Workforce - strengthening the knowledge, skills and attitudes of substance abuse treatment practitioners. The Network is committed to improving the competency of current and future practitioners primarily by creating and expanding continuing education and university coursework, developing academic programs, increasing clinical placements and setting educational standards. Additionally, the Network advocates for and carries out initiatives that enhance the addiction treatment profession and make it attractive to today’s best and brightest professionals.

  • Advancing Knowledge Adoption - helping treatment professionals not only access and understand but also adopt the most innovative and effective treatment strategies. The Network keeps pace with the latest science on addiction and then translates it so that it can be understood and applied by the treatment workforce. The Network uses well established technology transfer strategies to ensure that these science innovations are adopted into practice.

  • Ongoing Assessment & Improvement - fostering a continuous state of self-assessment to measure the efficacy and success of our work. By evaluating impact and documenting outcomes, the Network can better understand the effects of its efforts and is therefore able to provide valuable insights for future areas of exploration in the prevention and treatment of substance use disorders.

  • Forging Partnerships - initiating partnerships and collaborative relationships that can maximize the effectiveness of the addiction treatment field. These joint efforts allow the Network to draw on the diverse expertise of related groups to create opportunities for positive systems change and the development of key resources for the field. Regular interaction among multiple healthcare disciplines is part of the Network's strategy in promoting the widespread use of evidence-based practices throughout the addiction workforce.28

The ATTC Network is assisting in Workforce Development efforts:

As part of a national effort, the ATTC Regional Centers conducted Workforce Surveys to gather data pertaining to the current addiction treatment workforce. This information helped in assessing the condition and characteristics of a state’s workforce. Questions, for example, were asked about the types of services available within the state, its workforce skill and training needs, and work environment in terms of support, constraints, and job satisfaction.

The ATTC Network offers a multitude of products, resources and services relevant to the many disciplines represented by addiction treatment workforce. The following ATTC Resources support the local and national workforce development efforts.

Click here to view Workforce Development Projects by ATTC Regional Centers.

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