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Webinar: Hiring and Leading Staff in the Delivery of Evidence-Based Treatment
October 14, 2019

Hiring and Leading Staff in the Delivery of Evidence-Based Treatment

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. 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.

Presenter: Scott T. Walters, Ph.D., Regents Professor and Chair of Health Behavior and Health Systems, University of North Texas Health Science Center