Project ECHO

The purpose of Project ECHO (Project Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) is to democratize medical knowledge and get best practice care to underserved people. Through case-based learning via multipoint videoconferencing (Zoom software), knowledge-sharing networks are created between those with specialty knowledge (hub) and providers (spokes). Typical ECHO clinics include a brief didactic followed by case consultation. See below for information on current and upcoming Project ECHOs hosted by Mid-America ATTC.

 

CS-4-SUD Project ECHO UMKC Project ECHO logo

As part of its “Enhancing Workforce Capacity to Provide Clinical Supervision for Substance Use Disorders” (CS-4-SUD) initiative, Mid-America ATTC is hosting a ten-session Clinical Supervision Project ECHO Clinic. Participants completed a 14-hour online course and a two-day in-person training on the ATTC Network’s curriculum, “Clinical Supervision Foundations.” In alignment with the Project ECHO model, each 1 ½-hour ECHO session involves a didactic presentation, an update from one or two of the participants who utilized feedback with their supervisee since their initial presentations, and two new case presentations on supervisee dilemmas to which recommendations are provided. ECHO sessions began in October 2018 and run through March 2019. Twenty-six clinical supervisors are in the Project ECHO Clinic, each presenting one or two case presentations in order to receive feedback. The clinic Hub team is Christina Boyd, LSCSW, LCAC, and Scott Breedlove, MS, CPS, MARS. Didactic topics include common supervision issues, balancing administrative and clinical tasks, the reflective model of supervision, managing legal and ethical dilemmas, boundaries within supervision, and technology-based distance supervision.

Registration is currently full, but this intensive learning opportunity will be repeated with a future cohort. Contact Project Manager Bree Sherry at sherryb@umkc.edu for more information.

 

Coming Soon! Methamphetamine Project ECHO

Mid-America ATTC is in the planning stages of developing a Methamphetamine Project ECHO, which will begin in summer 2019. Despite national focus on the opioid epidemic, the states in Region 7 are heavily impacted by the resurgence of methamphetamine. This Methamphetamine Project ECHO will bring together leading experts in the field to help provide didactics and case consultation to those in Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska. Check back soon for more information.