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

      •  We (Best Practice Trainers, Inc. ) are investigating  clinicians’ current understanding of ethical issues and social workers use of screenings, brief interventions, and treatment. If you decide to participate in this research, your de-identified answers will be used in research supported by Best Practice Trainers, inc. Any personal answers you give will be kept confidential to the full extent of the law. The research questions have been approved by the New England Institutional Review Board (ph: 800-232-9570). No other organization has participated in designing nor has any other organization approved this research effort. 
      • Ethical and other Quality Protection Measures:  If you are participating in a research study, the following information is important. Study design and components have been approved by the New England Institutional Review Board that oversees the ethical conduct of research. Content and training information has been approved by the NYS Office of Addiction Services and Supports for continuing education credit.  All creators and instructors who are providing clinical material are Substance Use Disorder and Mental Health clinicians – most are LCSWs, LMSWs or LMHCs –  with a total of over 80 years’ experience providing services to clients with alcohol and drug problems. Their credentials have been approved by the NYS Office of Addiction Services and Supports (NYS OASAS). The creator of the course concerning ethics is Dr. Timothy Campbell, a bioethics researcher with the Institute for Futures Studies since 2016.  The provider-of-record for the courses is Best Practice Trainers, Inc. provider  #0806 (OASAS), #MHC-0124 (NYSED) and #SW-0519(NYSED).

        NJ and All Other Social Workers:  Ethics for the Counseling Professions #2816 and Essential Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Substance Use Disorders #2813 have been approved by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program to be offered by Best Practice Trainers, Inc. as  individual courses. Individual courses, not providers, are approved at the course level. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. ACE course approval period: 5/29/2020 – 5/29/2022. See individual courses for type and number of CEs available for social workers. See a map showing what jurisdictions accept ACE here.  
      • Testing: Participation in any study is entirely voluntary. For purposes of any research or 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 that will be used in research, 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 – 15 minute pre-training questionnaire that includes questions about you, and may contain questions about your perceptions of your practice,  your use of  substance use treatment practices and your understanding concerning the ethical code of your practice. Your access to 2020 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 (PI or project manager) 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 organizations involved in giving certificate (e.g., NYSED and OASAS) suggest.  You will have access to the training materials on the website until you complete the posttest and are given your certificate. 
      • 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 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 clinical practice in several ways. When the study is complete, the results will be made available at www.bestpracticetrainers.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 or at 845-255-5022 or at 845-810-0022 or by US mail at PO Box 1042, New Paltz, NY 12561.

More about research

RESEARCH CONSENT SUMMARY

If you are participating in research, you are being asked for your consent to take part in a research study.  Your participation is subject to ethical protections, evidence, confidentiality and risks and benefits, as described in the section below. This document provides a concise summary of this research. It describes the key information that we believe most people need to decide whether to take part in this research. This offer involves the following requirements and protections:
● ethical and quality protections for you as a research subject,
● two (2) 10-minute tests for your certificate
● protection of confidentiality, and
● risks and benefits for you as a research participant

You can find out more by reading through the FAQs below.
When you check the box that states “I have read and understood the below conditions” on the registration page, your consent to participate in the research will be recorded.

FAQs:
What should I know about this research?

  • Taking part in this research is voluntary. Whether you take part is up to you.
  • If you don’t take part, it won’t be held against you.
  • You can take part now and later drop out, and it won’t be held against you.
  • If you don’t understand, ask questions.
  • Ask all the questions you want before you decide.

How long will I be in this research?

  • We expect that your taking part in this research will last as long as it takes you to complete 2.25 CEs of training. This course will be available throughout 2021, and you can take it at your leisure. Most individuals who work straight through the course spend approximately two and a half hours including the pretest and posttest. 

Why is this research being done?

  • The purpose of this research is to explore patterns of use of Screenings, Brief Interventions and Referrals in the clinical practice of social workers.

What happens to me if I agree to take part in this research?

  • If you decide to take part in this research study, the general procedures include completing an online pretest (10 minutes). If you wish to get a certificate for the ASWB ACE approved course for social workers, Essential Cognitive Behavioral Therapy with Substance Use Disorders, (#2813), you can continue by taking the course that opens for your participation after you take the pretest.  Completion of the course and the 10 minute posttest with 75% accuracy will earn a 2.25 Credit certificate toward your social work licensure. If you do not complete with 75% accuracy the first time, you will be able to take the posttest a second time with access to the training materials.

Will it cost me money to take part in this research?

  • Participating will not cost you anything.
  • You will not be paid for taking part in this research.

Could being in this research hurt me?

  • A risk is that you may experience some discomfort when answering some of the questions in the questionnaires, but this is not expected to exceed what you experience in a conversation with colleagues. There is also the possibility of loss of confidentiality if there is an inadvertent breach in the security of the data.

Will being in this research benefit me?

·         There is no direct benefit to you for your participation in this research; however, your participation may contribute to the knowledge about clinicians' use of practices in several ways. When the study is completed, the results will be available at www.bestpracticetrainers.org.

What other choices do I have besides taking part in this research?

  • Instead of participating in this research and taking the available course, your choices may include taking similar coursework from the NASW or from your state education department. For instance, clinical courses which would satisfy state continuing education requirements are available from the NASW at https://www.socialworkers.org/Careers/Continuing-Education/CEPortal

What happens to the information collected for this research?

Your private information will be collected into a database. Your private information will only be seen by the Principal Investigator. De-identified information (after your name and identifying information have been removed) will be shared with individuals that conduct this research, including:

  • The research sponsor organization, Best Practice Trainers, Inc
  • People who work with the research sponsor (Principal Investigator, and data analyst)
  • The Independent Review Board (IRB) that reviewed this research
  • The results of this research may be published. However, your name and other identifying information will be kept confidential. Your information will be protected from disclosure to others to the extent required by law. We cannot promise complete secrecy.
·         When the study is completed, the results will be available at www.bestpracticetrainers.org .

Who can answer my questions about his research?

  • If you have questions, concerns, or complaints, or think this research has hurt you or made you sick, talk to the research team at the phone number listed above on the first page. This research is being overseen by an Institutional (or Independent) Review Board (“IRB”). An IRB is a group of people who perform independent review of research studies.
  • You may talk to them at (800) 232-9570, info@neirb.com if:
  • You have questions, concerns or complaints that are not being answered by the research team.
  • You are not getting answers from the research team.
  • You cannot reach the research team.
  • You want to talk to someone else about the research.
  • You have questions about your rights as a research subject.

What else should I know about this research?

  • You do not have to complete the registration if you don’t want to. You do not have to complete the pretest or the training if you don’t want to.
  • The free training has been created and is being made available by Best Practice Trainers, Inc. (BPTI), a nonprofit organization with a research and training mission.
    The Association for Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program has approved the training content and the pretests and posttests for social workers. The research has neither been developed nor is it endorsed by the ASWB or any of the agencies that grant CEs. After registering for this free training, you can log in and start the training. When you have started the session, you will see your home page that will allow you to take a pretest which asks about you, your perceptions of your practice, and your experience, specifically your use of SBIRT practices.
  • After you have completed the pretest, you will have access to the Essential Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Substance Use Disorders course. Trainers who are presenters in the training are specialized in substance abuse and mental health, with a total of more than 80 years of experience providing services to clients with alcohol and drug problems.
  • You will have access to these training materials until the end of 2021. You can take the posttests at any time. If you complete the posttest with a score of 75% or more, you will receive your certificate of completion documenting your name, the names of the instructors, the provider number of the organization from which you will receive your CEs (ASWB ACE authorized for this course #2813) and the CEs earned (2.25 total). If you do not get a score of 75% or more on the posttest, you can retake the posttest once.
  • Ethics and other quality protection measures: the design and components of the study have been approved by the New England Independent Review Board (IRB).
  • Confidentiality: your participation and answers will be confidential to the fullest extent of the law. All findings will be reported as group trends, not individual reports. Only de-identified information will be collected. The master list of codes, the names of the trainees, the email addresses, the pre-test and post-test answers will be kept on the main researcher’s computer, which is protected by a password known only to the principal investigator.  Paper copies of the master list and any hard copy of the questionnaires and certificates will be kept in a locked file drawer in the Principal Investigator’s house, and only the Principal Investigator will have the key. This master list, all questionnaires and all copies will be destroyed after 3 years. The certificates will be saved in the file for 10 years.