Becoming FIT (feedback informed in treatment). Ask any experienced practitioner and they will tell you, “it’s such a simple idea, but it’s not easy.” In addition to the time it takes to master the administration and interpretation of formal feedback, special skills are required for using the information to guide service delivery.
Implementation in agencies and large healthcare settings is even more challenging. “What,” you may wonder, “is so difficult?” All that appears to be involved is the administration of two simple scales: a 4-item outcome and a 4-item alliance measure. Would that the process were as easy as the forms are simple.
On the International Center for Clinical Excellence community, an international group of supervisors, agency directors, and officers of large healthcare organizations meet routinely to discuss, plan, and help support one another in efforts to develop a feedback-friendly workplace culture. Ask any and they will tell you that a key element of successful implementation is: communication. It is also one of the biggest challenges. Rising case loads, increased documentation requirements, and tight budgets all conspire to keep people chained to their desks, interacting with their desktop computer, and straining just to keep up with the work load. The proverbial “water-cooler” conversations are, for many, a thing of the past–along with clinical supervision and “advanced training.”
Here’s where ICCE is helping. The peer-to-peer, web-based community is available to clinicians, managers, researchers, and policy makers 24/7/365. Signing up is simple and free–and you simply won’t believe the resources available. Access to an experienced group of professionals ready, willing, and able to answer questions related to FIT. Discussion groups on everything from using FIT in supervision to the latest research on evidence-based practice. Training videos, research papers, policy statements, and other documents uploaded by ICCE certified trainers and associates.
In the video below, psychologist and ICCE community manager, Susanne Bargmann describes the community and available resources. As I blogged about recently, the community is growing at a rapid rate. We will soon hit 2000 members–and all in less than one year. So….join us. And if you are already a member, log onto the site now. One cool new feature is live chat! That right. When you log on, look down in the left hand corner of your screen. There you’ll be able to see everyone who is “live” on the site at that moment. With a simple click of the button, you could be chatting with a professional in Washington or Wollongong!
Join us for the upcoming “Advanced Intensive” training in Chicago! If you are looking for in-depth training in the “how-to” of CDOI/FIT, this is the training for you. When you leave, you will be on your way to mastering:
- The empirical foundations of feedback-informed clinical work (i.e., empirically supported factors underlying successful clinical work, the impact of feedback on performance)
- Clinical skills for enhancing client engagement that cut across different therapeutic orientations and diverse treatment populations
- How to integrate outcome management tools (including one or more of the following: ORS, SRS, CORE, and OQ 45) into clinical practice
- How to use the outcome management tools to inform and improve service delivery
- How to significantly improve your clinical skills and outcomes via feedback and deliberate practice
- How to use data generated from outcome measures to inform management, supervision, and training decisions
- Strategies for successful implementation of CDOI and FIT in your organization or practice
Registration is strictly limited to 35 participants. To reserve your place, click on the icon below!