In the behavioral health workforce setting, leadership plays a key role in the implementation of evidence-based practices (EBPs). It is critical that behavioral health agency administration supports using and sustaining EBPs in the clinical setting. This webinar will make recommendations for hiring and leading staff in the delivery of evidence-based treatment. First, the presenter will discuss best practices for hiring staff who may be more likely to deliver evidence-based care. Using a behavioral interviewing framework, the webinar will introduce a brief exercise that can be used during the interview process to identify applicants who may have an aptitude for reflective listening, which is a key ingredient in the delivery of EBPs. Second, the webinar will discuss elements of leadership that support effective implementation of EBPs. In addition, the presentation will show how to assess the degree to which a leader is perceived by staff as proactive, knowledgeable, supportive, and perseverant with regard to their implementation of EBPs. Identifying strong and weak leadership areas can help agencies retain staff, strengthen EBP implementation, and improve the overall quality of care.
At the end of the webinar, attendees will be able to:
- Understand the basic process of behavioral interviewing and differentiate it from traditional hiring practices.
- Recognize the role of reflective listening in the delivery of EBPs and be able to implement a brief reflective listening exercise in the interview process.
- Identify the basic structure of the Implementation Leadership Scale and be able to use feedback from this scale to identify areas of strength and future areas for growth.
Scott Walters, Ph.D., Regents Professor and Chair of Health Behavior Health Systems, University of North Texas