- Rikki Patton PhD, Associate Professor, Co-Program Director: PhD Program in Counselor Education and Supervision with a specialization in Marriage and Family Counseling/Therapy, The University of Akron, Akron, Oh
- Jessica Chou, PhD, Assistant Professor, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA
- Heather Katafiasz, PhD, Assistant Professor, Program Director & Clinical Training Director: Master’s Program in Marriage and Family Therapy, The University of Akron, Akron, Oh
- Asif Zaarur, Graduate Assistant, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA
- Yue Dand, PhD, Assistant Professor of Instruction, University of Akron, Akron, OH
The Interdisciplinary Training Initiative for Children, Adolescents & Families Impacted by Opioid Use Disorder (ITI) is a HRSA-funded project that offers workforce development training and preparation of behavioral health students at Drexel University and University of Akron to help combat opioid use disorders (OUDs) and other substance use disorders (SUDs) among adolescents and their families. This is critical in our communities, as the CDC reported in 2017 that Ohio and Pennsylvania were two of the top five states with the highest rates of fatal drug overdoses in the nation. The training program includes online educational modules, and mixed-reality simulation in evidence-based, trauma-informed,:culturally competent practices for the prevention, treatment and recovery support services for at-risk youth and their families. Multiple disciplines were represented in the training components, including behavioral health, medicine, nursing, and pharmacy. The proposed presentation aims to describe preliminary program evaluation for educational modules component and their impact on the trainee’s a) knowledge in OUD and SUD as assessed through pre- and post-test quizzes, b) perceptions of substance use as measured by the Substance Abuse Attitude Survey, and c) their understanding of team-based care as measured by the Team Skills Scale. Data from 25 Masters-level trainees and10 supervisors were included. Analysis includes univariate statistics to contextualize the sample, bivariate analysis to examine the linkages between variables, and paired samples t-tests to examine if there is a change between pre- and post-test. Implications from the findings will be discussed within the context interprofessional collaboration, multicultural competence, addiction knowledge, and trauma-informed care.:
- Describe the need for workforce development in the area of substance use.
- Identify core components of a substance use training modules and how they impact knowledge building in the areas of substance use knowledge, perceptions, and team-based care.
- Describe how interdisciplinary educational modules advance substance use training.