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January 23, 2021

Summary: The first virtual Board meeting of the year discussed each person’s role and their vision for the organization. Themes of the meeting were: sustainability strategies (grants or product-marketing); interests of the individuals which could lead to webinar creation; further audiences for the BPTI trainings and courses; and security of the information being gathered at the site.
Further notes are available at this link: Further notes of 2021 BPTI meeting

June 12, 2021

Summary: The second virtual Board meeting of the year was brought to order by Afua Forson, President. It discussed progress on several fronts.
Training site: Rich Mohrmann discussed the success of putting password protection on the training site, and the success in getting paypal payments to be accepted automatically for courses. He has solved the problems that occurred during the “handshake” between the training site and Survey Monkey, which contains the questionnaires.

Research: In George Ramos’ absence, Ruth discussed the decision to submit the paper on Latino participation in SUD treatment to the Journal of Organizational Psychology. She also mentioned the two other studies – one on SBIRT use by social workers, and the other on Ethical decision-making by social workers – which have begun. Several of the BPTI staff, including Tina, Tim, Dan, Richard, and Afua, will be helping write resulting papers when the studies are complete.

Data and Marketing: Ula had investigated the analytics of the database and was able to show that the average income from participants was $27, and that the courses had brought in approximately $2600 last year. This year, (2021) because of lack of advertising, only 10 courses for which payment was required have been completed. Ula states that the revision of the website to retain interest by users would be the first effort to increase user participation. Other avenues, brought up by other BPTI staff, are other social media platforms, such as Facebook, Youtube, and Linked In.

Prospective issues which were mentioned were: upcoming webinars, a proposal to eliminate royalties from the sale of courses, and the issue of intellectual property rights. A decision was made to refrain from expanding to ally with any other organizations (other than ASWB, NYSED, and OASAS,) for the time being.

September 3, 2021

Summary: The third virtual Board meeting of the year was brought to order by Afua Forson, President. In attendance were: R. Mohrmann, T. Iler, R. Campbell, R. Coleman, T. Campbell, G. Ramos, L. Rachlin, S. Dewan, A. Ross. Board members not in attendance were: D. Campbell. The meeting discussed policies and procedures for the upcoming webinars. It also discussed progress on the integration of the database with a Client Relationship Manager for mailings and progress on updating the website.

Webinars: The discussion communicated webinar policies for those new to the webinar presentations: Smita Dewan, Ph.D. and Allison Ross, Ph.D. Policies concerned payment ($125/hr), planned national distribution, the necessity of signing a contract, and creating a 15 question multiple choice posttest for the course. The contract suggests that creators will be allowing BPTI to use the recording for two years. Recordings will be cleared with ASWB for distribution nationally. Decisions concerning the use of chat and breakout rooms must be made by all webinar givers. Members of the continuing education committee will get royalties on course distribution.

Research: The Journal of Organizational Psychology turned out to be a Pay-to-Play, rather than a peer-reviewed journal, and neither S. Dewan nor G. Ramos wanted to pursue submission after that was discovered. After clearing the next submission with the other two authors, Ruth re-submitted the paper on Latino participation in SUD treatment to the Journal of Progressive Human Services in August, 2021. Both the SBIRT study and the Ethics study are continuing.

Data and Marketing: the website has been updated by Ula and Rich Morhmann. The website has a new look and feel because of Ula’s efforts. Tiles for the old webinars are now clickable links due to Rich’s work. SEO optimization will be improved by Ula and Julian. The Facebook page has been finalized by Ula-Ruth-Tina.

November 17, 2021

Data and Marketing: Ad hoc meeting between Rich and Ruth: Ula has made progress in setting up the mailing system. As a result the database is behind in accommodating direct information about people with two degrees or two mailing addresses. Rich said he will “dust off” the development environment of the database creation so that a solution can be found which will not disturb Ula’s work.
Webinars: The webinars are proceeding as planned. Dr. Dewan gave her 2 hour webinar on Nov 13th. There were 16 in attendance.
Research: The printing of letters for North Carolina NASW members (for SBIRT and Ethics research) has stalled because of PDQ printing shop move. Ruth will contact North Carolina NASW chapter to place 2 newsletter reach-outs to NC NASW membership while the print delay is resolved.

December 6th week, 2021

Summary of completed actions: NC E-Newsletters were placed, postal mailing to NC was completed with Julio’s help stuffing and stamping envelopes. Rich has begun to get the website development environment ready to test a solution for two degrees and two email addresses for participants.

Ad-hoc meetings and emails between IT expert, Rich M., Secretary Ruth, marketing manager Ula, SW consultant Tina on week of December 6th:
Data and Marketing: Best Practice Trainers will begin to use Zapier, the software that can update the mailing software (Zoho) with information from those who sign up. Ula has found a discounted price for non-profits. Ula has prepared Zoho for the marketing effort by finalizing and uploading all email addresses. 
Webinars: The database needs to be readied to accommodate the new set of webinars. Rich described the changes that are needed to allow the database to accommodate new webinars: answerkeys need to be made for the posttests to enable automatic grading. Text files that describe each webinar need to be made. Ula will design a new set of tiles so that the webinar choice can be displayed on the website. SW consultant Tina and Ruth are debating criteria for keeping old webinars. One webinar which will be retired from the line-up is Couples’ Work – Best Practice.
Research: Since the response of the NC and Virginia NASW chapter to research invitations has been low, email addresses of social workers in NC and VA will be among the first to which mailings will go out. Ula will design ads to go out in the mailings. The website will be altered to say “social workers” instead of “chapter members;” the IRB has already approved that change. NY will be considered as a research addition to the SBIRT and Ethics research. Ruth will explore the pretests of NY social workers to see if they can be matched to what has been collected from NC and VA. Ruth is committing to notify the IRB of the change.


December 26th week, 2021

Summary of completed actions: The website is ready to accommodate a new DIGITAL research mailing to NC, NY and VA social workers. BUT, research is on pause until mid-January because the WCGIRB has not yet approved those documents. ETA for that approval is mid January. . Rich will place the tiles as sliders in the website so browsers can see what is available. President Afua is suggesting a Board + Continuing Education Committee meeting in February, 2022.

Notes from ad-hoc meetings and emails between IT expert, Rich M., Secretary Ruth, marketing manager Ula, SW consultant Tina, and President Afua, CE committee member Tim during December follow:
Data and Marketing: Best Practice Trainers has the capability of using Zapier and Zoho to begin automated mailings, thanks to Ula’s work. There will be two targets: The research effort will target New York, North Carolina and Virginia. Free CBT courses and Ethics courses have pretests that will be used in research. The second target is New York social workers and LMHCs who will be notified of the new recorded webinars that provide CEs. Rich will place the tiles as sliders in the website so browsers can see what is available. Rich has begun to get the website development environment ready to test a solution for two degrees and two email addresses for participants.
Webinars: Ula has completed the tiles that will alert participants to the availability of new webinars. All answer keys, text files are completed. The Cannabis webinar, Couples Work, and In-Home Therapy webinars will be retired at the end of 2021. Rich is calculating payments that need to be made to webinar creators for 2021. Ruth is committing to update the CBT, MI, and COD courses; 2020 substance use disorder and treatment data are now available and will be used to update the courses. ETA for the course updates is mid-January.
Research: Since the response of the NC and Virginia NASW chapter to postal mailings of research invitations has been low, email addresses of social workers in NC, NY and VA will be among the first to which mailings will go out. Ula has designed the landing page and the digital ads to go out to NC and VA social workers. The WCGIRB has received those documents for approval on 12/27/21.
To date, the data that has been collected has shown that, for the 60 people from various states who have responded to outreach, the state laws do not seem to make any difference in the probability of reporting a client who is threatening harm. Some other parameters (Moral Intensity and Ethical integrity) are also measured in the Ethics study, but will need to be analyzed by a statistician to determine whether they are predictive. Tim says, “MORE DATA!”