University of Washington Interdisciplinary Workforce Initiative for Children’s Mental Health

Principal Investigator: 
Eric Bruns, 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

Workforce Lecture Series

This monthly seminar series is designed to disseminate innovations in evidence-based mental health for children and families. Lectures focus on describing common emotional and behavioral problems, assessment techniques for identifying them, and evidence-based interventions for successful treatment. Presentations are from local and national experts and provide evidence from clinical trials as well as real-world implementations with diverse populations and settings including clinics, schools, social service programs, and juvenile justice.

All lectures are held from 12:20-1:30pm in the School of Social Work room 305 A/B on the University of Washington’s main campus. Everyone is welcome to attend and there are no registration requirements. If you have any questions or would like to be added to our lecture update listserv please email or call 206-616-1119. Certificates of completion are offered to those who would like them. Below is a list of current lectures being offered. If you have missed a lecture and are interested in viewing it, please click on the lecture’s title to view the YouTube video.


University of Washington, School of Social Work Commons Room 305 A/B, 4101 15th Avenue NE, Seattle, WA 98105

For our Upcoming Workforce Lectures please see our Events Page Here.

Behavioral Health and Child Welfare