University of Illinois: Implementing Mental Health Evidence-Based Practices (WRAP)

Highly Recommended WRAP Course
“I highly recommend this course to anyone who teaches or is considering implementing a WRAP program or any other evidence-based program. I also recommend it for Advanced Level WRAP Facilitators who might find themselves advocating for WRAP programs or their expansion. It offers lessons learned and valuable strategies for helping get WRAP started and ensuring its continuance.”
– Mary Ellen Copeland

Course Description:
WRAP groupHow often have you heard, “We know what works, but we don’t know how to scale it up?” Translation: WRAP Group evidence into daily practice is a common struggle across human service systems. If you’ve faced this challenge or if you’ve wondered why public systems struggle to offer recovery programs more broadly, this online course is for you. The faculty discusses common barriers to introducing evidence-based practices with fidelity, as well as how to sustain them as part of mental health systems change. Learners are introduced to the stages of program implementation, important policy issues, and scale-up strategies that have been used successfully in public health and mental health. Two entire classes focus on WRAP as an example of how knowledge generated through science can be introduced on a wide scale in real-world settings. Register today to spark your thinking and learn proven strategies for implementing evidence-based programs, including WRAP, on a larger-scale.

This course is eligible for Continuing Education credit for those who want it. At a cost of $5.00, it is the best bargain around, and this fee can be waived by following the instructions. You can read more and access it at: http://www.cmhsrp.uic.edu/health/ebp-wrap-course.asp.

This eight-module online course presents a comprehensive approach for successfully introducing EBPs with fidelity and positive outcomes for service users. Faculty address the science of implementation and how to sustain innovative programs as part of mental health systems change. The stages of implementation, policy issues, and scale-up strategies are presented. The EBP WRAP is used as an example of how knowledge generated through science can be introduced on a wide scale in real-world settings. Some features of the WRAP intervention facilitate implementation while others make it more difficult. WRAP implementation in three states is examined to illustrate these and other points. Learners will accomplish the following objectives:

  1. understand the relevance of EBPs and the importance of implementation concepts and measures in interpreting intervention research results;
  2. acquire a conceptual framework and action steps for moving EBPs into practice, including the six stages of implementation;
  3. understand how the organizational environment and community influence successful implementation;
  4. learn the relationship between EBPs and consumer empowerment and recovery-oriented services; and
  5. see how large scale implementation of EBPs works on state and national levels.

All instruction and instructional materials are web based. Each of the 8 modules includes a 30-minute lecture (Windows Media), downloadable Powerpoint Presentations (Adobe PDF), homework assignments (included in the slide presentation), and required readings from a list of selected readings (Adobe PDF). Text transcripts are posted for all audio lectures.

Read more and access it at: http://www.cmhsrp.uic.edu/health/ebp-wrap-course.asp

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