- Nidia Hernandez, Graduate Research Assistant, Center for Applied Behavioral Health Policy, Arizona State University
- Natasha Mendoza, PhD, MSW, Director, Center for Applied Behavioral Health Policy, Arizona State University
- Colleen Clemency Cordes, PhD, Assistant Dean and Clinical Professor, College of Health Solutions, Arizona State University
- Adrienne Lindsay, DBH, Associate Director, Center for Applied Behavioral Health Policy, Arizona State University
Opioid misuse is a nationwide public health crisis. In response to the high incidence of opioid-related drug overdoses in Arizona, the Center for Applied Behavioral Health Policy (CABHP) at Arizona State University (ASU) has initiated an innovative training model to prepare emerging behavioral health practitioners to tackle the opioid epidemic. The Interdisciplinary Training Academy (ITA), developed by students, for students, will broadly prepare emerging professionals to address the complex treatment needs of opioid misuse and other substance use. Through funding from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), CABHP is directing the three-year student-led interdisciplinary project that will enhance competencies around evidence-supported prevention and treatment practices. Currently in its initial year, psychiatric doctoral nursing students with direct supervision and support from the CABHP team are developing the framework and curriculum for the second year. During the second year, a 30-week training rotation will be carried out by Arizona State University (ASU) School of Social Work, Master’s in Social Work (MSW) Interns. During the second year the MSW interns will participate in direct field work through a series of rotating experiential training sites related to prevention, treatment, and policy, providing students with exposure to, and appreciation for , diverse systems that influence patient outcomes. Additionally, they will receive specialized training seminars facilitated by ASU faculty and CABHP staff. The training model is a unique and innovative means to train emerging professionals across all systems that touch the opioid epidemic. This poster will describe the framework, curriculum, and its implications for interprofessional graduate education of behavioral health providers, including those working in primary care.
- Describe a model of interprofessional education related to opioid misuse
- Describe the need to provide both didactic and experiential learning across diverse models of multidisciplinary care and systems to support patients with opioid misuse
- Articulate an approach to interprofessional faculty and student engagement in curricula development