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Important Research Components for all Social Workers, Mental Health Counselors, and Substance Use Disorder Clinicians participating in research

      • Ethical and other Quality Protection Measures:  The study design and components have been approved by the Hummingbird Institutional Review Board that oversees the ethical conduct of research. Content and training information has been approved by the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) for continuing education credit.  All trainers who are providing clinical material are Substance Use Disorder and Mental Health clinicians – most are LCSWs, some are MSW students –  with a total of over 80 years’ experience providing services to clients with alcohol and drug problems. Their credentials have been approved by the Office of Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) and by the NASW. The provider-of-record for the trainings is Best Practice Trainers, Inc. provider  #886647963.
      • Testing: Participation in any study is entirely voluntary. For purposes of in-house evaluations, all participants in trainings are requested to allow their de-identified information to be used for research. If you decide to participate in a training, you will be asked to complete a registration which will request acknowledgment that your de-identified data ( we will never release your personal information! ) can be used in research, to complete a 10 minute pre-training questionnaire that includes questions about you, your perceptions of your practice, and your use of  substance use treatment practices. Your access to 2018 training materials is under your control and at your leisure. After you complete the training, you will be asked to complete a 10 minute post-training questionnaire in order to allow us to evaluate training effectiveness.
      • Confidentiality: Your participation and responses that you provide will be kept confidential to the full extent of the law.  All responses will be reported in the aggregate.  The master list of names of trainees, the list of which courses they are taking, and the pre-and-post-training answers will be kept in the Principal Investigator’s (project manager’s) computer, which is password protected and either in her possession at all times or in a locked room in her home. Any paper copies of the master list and any paper copies of questionnaires will be kept in a locked file drawer at the home of the Principal Investigator, and to which only she will have the key. This master list, all the questionnaires and all copies will be destroyed after 3 years.  Copies of certificates will be kept for as long as the NASW suggests. Interactive learning opportunities will be offered to randomly selected individuals during the training. You will have access to the training materials on the website for 90 days until you complete the posttest. 
      • Risks and Benefits: You might experience very minor discomfort when answering the pre-training and post-training questions, but this is not expected to exceed what you experience in conversation with colleagues.  You may skip questions that you don’t want to answer. You may stop completing the questionnaires at any time. There is no direct benefit to you for your participation in this study; however your participation may contribute to knowledge about clinicians’ Substance Use Disorder practice in several ways. When the study is complete, the results will be made available at www.bestpracticetrainers.org and www.connectionscounseling.org . 
      • More information on the training background and content can be accessed by clicking here.

Questions about research should be directed to Ruth Campbell at ruth@bestpracticetrainers.org .