University Workforce Initiative

Principal Investigator: 
Eric Trupin, Ph.D.
Funding Source: 
Department of Social and Human Services Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery
Project Period: 
Project Contact: 
Elizabeth McCauley, Ph.D., UW Dept of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Carol Davis, Ed.D., UW Dept of Special Education
Shannon Dorsey, Ph.D., UW Dept of Psychology
Tessa Evans-Campbell, Ph.D., UW School of Social Work
Liliana Lengua, Ph.D., UW Dept of Psychology
Janine Jones, Ph.D., UW School Psychology
Susan Spieker, UW School of Nursing
Won-Fong Johnson, UW School of Psychology
Project Summary: 

The University of Washington Workforce Development Task Force was created by the Evidence Based Practice Institute. This initiative has two goals: 1) preparing University of Washington graduate students in service fields to provide and support evidence based practices (EBP’s) for children’s mental health (CMH) when they graduate to the workforce in WA State; and 2) enhance opportunities for community- and University-based professionals to learn about different EBPs, best practices, and novel directions of the field of children’s mental health. To accomplish the first goal, a graduate course series was developed and to accomplish the second goal, a monthly lecture series was developed.

The initiative is interdisciplinary and targets, but is not limited to:

  1. Those providing the EBP’s (providers)
  2. Those who will be overseeing or working in close collaboration with the professionals using these practices (supervisors)
  3. Those identifying the need for and recommending CMH-EBPs but not overseeing or collaborating closely with the treatment providers (referrers)

Graduate Course

The series consists of three core 3-credit classes starting each fall quarter and spanning the rest of the academic year, excluding summer.

Quarter Course CMH-EBPs of foucs
Fall Effective Parenting Interventions (Parent-mediated interventions) Helping the Non-Compliant Child
Winter Coginitve Behavioral Therapy for Children & Adolescents with Anxiety-Related Disorders Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Children & Adolescents with Anxiety-Related Disorders
Spring Clinical and Systems Interventions for Complex and Extreme Disorders Family Integrated Transitions, DBT Skills, Multisystemic Therapy, Motivational Interviewing


Behavioral Health and Child Welfare