For those of you following me on Facebook–and if you’re not, click here to start–you know that I was traveling above the arctic circle in Norway last week. I always enjoy visiting the Scandinavian countries. My grandparents immigrated from nearby Sweden. I lived there myself for a number of years (and speak the language). And I am married to a Norwegian! So, I consider Scandinavia to be my second home.
In a prior post, I talked a bit about the group I worked with during my three day stay in Tromso. Here, I briefly interview psychologist Mikael Aagard, the organizer of the conference. Mikael works at KORUS Nord, an addiction technology transfer center, which sponsored the training. His mission? To help clinicians working in the trenches stay up-to-date with the research on “what works” in behavioral health. Judging by the tremendous response–people came from all over the disparate regions of far northern Norway to attend the conference–he is succeeding.
Listen as he describes the challenges facing practitioners in Norway and the need to balance the “evidence-based practice” movement with “practice-based evidence.” If you’d like any additional information regarding KORUS, feel free to connect with Mikael and his colleagues by visiting their website. Information about the activities of the International Center for Clinical Excellence in Scandinavia can be found at: www.centerforclinicalexcellence.org.