Motivational Interviewing in the Prevention of Alcohol Abuse
Final addendum, 1 Aug 2005-31 Jul 2007
NEW MEXICO UNIV ALBUQUERQUE
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This study represented an effort to test whether standard training strategies, commonly used effectively in civilian providers, were effective in training Air Force Behavioral Health Providers in a specific empirically based treatment EBT motivational interviewing MI. Employing a randomized, controlled design, providers were randomized to receive either standard training in MI or an enriched training option. The standard training option was a 2-day workshop on MI, while the enriched option added follow-up consultation and personalized feedback regarding a work sample to the workshop. After training, providers submitted work samples at 4, 8, and 12 months to assess the impact of the training conditions. These work samples were evaluated using standardized behavioral coding systems to measure both the provider behaviors and the client responses to them. Questions to be answered in this study include the efficacy of training procedures, their cost-effectiveness in reducing alcohol-related events on participating bases, and the impact of pre-training counseling skills on acquiring MI.
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