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Mental Health Clinicians’ Motivation to Invest in Training: Results From a Practice-Based Research Network Survey
Byron J. Powell, A.M.; J. Curtis McMillen, Ph.D.; Kristin M. Hawley, Ph.D.; Enola K. Proctor, Ph.D.
Psychiatric Services 2013; doi: 10.1176/appi.ps.003602012
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Mr. Powell and Dr. Proctor are affiliated with the Brown School of Social Work, Washington University in St. Louis, One Brookings Drive, Campus Box 1196, St. Louis, MO 63130 (e-mail: bjpowell@wustl.edu). Dr. McMillen is with the School of Social Service Administration, University of Chicago, Chicago. Dr. Hawley is with the Department of Psychological Sciences, University of Missouri, Columbia.

Copyright © 2013 by the American Psychiatric Association


Objectives  Little is known about why clinicians seek training or about their willingness to invest in it.

Methods  Results from a Web-based survey of 318 clinicians in a practice-based research network were used to examine factors that motivate clinicians to seek training or forgo training (“deal breakers”) and their willingness to invest time and money in training.

Results  Clinicians desired training that teaches advanced versus basic clinical skills, that covers an area they see as central to the needs of their clients, and that provides continuing education credit. Training that requires clinical supervision or the use of a manualized intervention was not a deal breaker for most clinicians. However, the amount of time and money most clinicians reported being willing to invest in training fell far short of the requirements for learning most evidence-based treatments.

Conclusions  Training strategies that combine high intensity with lower cost may be needed.

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Table 1Association between characteristics of 318 clinicians and willingness to spend time and money on training, by ordinary least-squares regression
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a R2=.07, adjusted R2=.04

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b R2=.10, adjusted R2=.07

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