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CEBC Webinar with Cambria Rose Walsh, LCSW and Jennifer Rolls-Reutz, MPH  
 Integrating Evidence-Based Practice into Strategic Planning: Building an Evidence-Based Continuum of Services

Thursday March 21, 2013 10:00 to 11:00AM PDT/ 1:00 to 2:00PM EDT
This is an online event.


You are invited to attend our next CEBC-hosted webinar with Cambria Rose Walsh, CEBC Project Manager, & Jennifer Rolls-Reutz,
CEBC Research Coordinator!
*Free of Cost*

This webinar will focus on the initial stage of implementation - the Exploration phase- which builds the foundation for successful implementation. During the webinar, the four phases of Implementation will be defined. In addition, practical ways that the California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse for Child Welfare (CEBC) can be used to help in the Exploration phase will be discussed.

Information will be presented on how CEBC staff members have been working with child welfare systems to evaluate the level of evidence for programs in their systems and to create strategic plans for how to increase evidence-based practices (EBP) in their community. Specific information will be presented on the process that the CEBC has developed and how it can be applied to child welfare systems and within different communities.

 Please visit our event homepage to learn more about this webinar

Click on the link below to register.

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Evidence-based Practices Learning Lab & Webinar Recording

We hope you and your colleagues can join us -

Monday, March 11, 2013, from 1-2 pm ET
Learning Lab Teleconference: Evidence-based Practices in Child Welfare
Here is the webinar session's recording:  
 Evidence-based Practices Webinar Recording

And don't forget to visit our National Webinar Series Archives to locate all of our session recordings and handouts.


Other questions or concerns? Please don't hesitate to contact Sara Munson, National Dissemination Coordinator, at smunson@albany.edu
We look forward to connecting with you!



New Advancing EBP Webinar Series

We have a terrific group of presenters lined up for our 2013 Webinar Series beginning this week on 
Friday, Feb 15th at 12 pm EST (9 am PST).

Dr. Michael Robbins, Senior Scientist at the Oregon Research Institute and Director of Research for Functional Family Therapy, Inc., will be presenting the first of our 2013 Webinar Series. The primary focus of this presentation will be to introduce the conceptual foundations of the FFT model and to provide information about specific techniques that are used over the course of treatment to achieve immediate (in-session) and longer-term treatment goals. Also, this presentation will include a broad overview of 40 years of clinical research that has provided support for the model, with a particular emphasis on process research into the clinical interior of treatment that has shaped the articulation of specific techniques that are effective in managing clinical processes.

Dr. Robbins has extensive experience conducting clinical research on family therapy with drug using, delinquent adolescents and their families. He has directly overseen the training of hundreds of family therapists, both nationally and internationally. Dr. Robbins is a frequent lecturer and consultant, and is recognized as a leader in the areas of process and outcome research in adolescent drug abuse treatment. He has led numerous federally-funded research studies, including innovative process studies that involve the examination of in-session processes across three, empirically-validated family interventions as well as one of the largest multi-site family therapy trials conducted with adolescent drug users. Dr. Robbins has extensive publications in the area of family therapy for adolescents with behavior problems, including Co-Editing the Third Edition of the Handbook of Family Therapy (Brunner Routledge, 2003), a primary source textbook for many family therapy training programs. He has served as Consulting Editor for the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology. He has mentored many new investigators, including psychiatrists, psychologists, and master's level students.

Our March Webinar will feature Sharon Mihalic as presenter with a demonstration of the new Blueprints website Friday, March 15th at 12 pm EST (9 am PST)    

All webinars are held at noon, East Coast time, on the third Friday of each month.  Reservations are required and limited.  Announcements regarding each webinar will go out approximately one month before they are scheduled.  The full year schedule is posted on our website at advancingebp.org


Blueprints for Healthy Youth Development:
Demonstration of New Website

Blueprints for Violence Prevention has been rebranded as Blueprints for Healthy Youth Development. Originally developed to identify evidence-based programs that prevent or reduce juvenile delinquency, violence, and substance use, Blueprints has now expanded its scope to include programs that promote positive youth development.  New outcomes include mental health (depression, anxiety, suicide), emotional regulation, and academic success.  Blueprints programs have undergone rigorous evaluations and proven to be effective, providing a standard for quality programming.

With funding from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Blueprints has developed a new website that highlights the expanded list of model and promising programs.  Easy-to-use program searches allow users to match programs to identified needs.  Searches can be run using criteria such as risk and protective factors, program outcomes achieved, type of program, or targeted population (i.e., age, gender, race/ethnicity). The website includes fact sheets with in-depth descriptions of the programs, as well as information on costs, funding strategies, and cost-benefit information.  Also available are full write-ups describing all evaluations of a program, including methodology and outcomes.

Join our March Webinar for a walk-through of this new and valuable resource for identifying evidence-based programs that match your agency or community needs.  You will also have the opportunity in a brief online survey at the end of the walk-through to provide input that will help fine-tune the website.
Our presenter, Sharon Mihalic, is a co-author or contributing author on the twelve Blueprints books, as well as the volume editor of each book, and the co-editor of the Blueprints series.  She provided the direction and management for two past Blueprints dissemination projects to replicate the Blueprints programs in multiple sites nationwide.  She was the PI on a project funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to replicate and evaluate two of the Blueprints promising programs.  She is a Co-PI on a corporate-funded grant that disseminates and conducts process evaluation for the LifeSkills Training program in 15 states.

Be there or be square.  Better yet, help organize little webinar parties where staff can watch and nosh together.  

Visit the new Blueprints site to view model and promising program profiles, learn about program criteria, or nominate a program for review by the independent advisory board

Formation of Advancing EBP Medicaid Committee

One direct result from our Charleston Conference has been the formation of a Committee focused on Medicaid policies and practices, and their effects on the adoption, implementation and sustainability of EBPs.  Beth Rosica (beth.rosica@vq.com) has agreed to organize the group, which now includes Keller Strother (Keller.Strother@mstservices.com), Debra Deprato (Debra.DePrato@law.lsu.edu) & Joan Muir (JMuir@med.miami.edu). Please feel free to contact any of the Committee members if you care to join the group or have something you think they should know.


More Evidence-Based Practice in the News

Juvenile Offenders Studied                                                     
Report Links Mental Health Issues, Jail 
in Louisiana

Louisiana jails a higher percentage of youthful inmates with mental health needs than most other states, according to a study released Thursday.

"We don't do a very good job of keeping our mentally ill kids out of the juvenile justice system," Debra DePrato, director at the Institute for Public Health and Justice at the LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans, told a conference looking at how juveniles who commit crimes are handled in Louisiana.

"In fact, as many of you know, we sometimes send them there (courts) on purpose, hoping that they'll be ordered into services and that's not really a very good reason," DePrato said.
East Baton Rouge Parish Juvenile Court Judge Kathleen Richey agreed, saying after the presentation: "Often the first formal evaluation is the result of a court order."

Richey was among the roughly 130 juvenile justice professionals attending workshops and seminars surrounding the unveiling of the analysis from which legislators will base their bills in upcoming legislative sessions.

The findings are part of a wide-ranging report, called "Sustaining Juvenile Justice System Reform," that assesses the various programs and procedures across the state and recommends improvements. The study was performed for the state Juvenile Justice Implementation Commission and was ordered by the Louisiana Legislature in June 2011.

The numbers showed that 74 percent of the youngsters incarcerated in Louisiana's detention and secure care facilities have some kind of diagnosable mental health malady, which is a rate that is higher than other states, according to the report. The statistics show that while the total numbers are less than in states like Texas and Washington, there is a higher percentage of incarcerated youth in Louisiana in each of several mental health disorder categories.

 -The Advocate