Effective Staff and Management Training

Yellow_Water-lilyDr. Yoman provides consultation and in-service training for professionals to promote effective human services. Training and consultation are responsive to staff and management needs and the realities of the service system.

Dr. Yoman can help with:

  • Program outcome evaluation
  • Writing measurable goals linked to service outcomes
  • Treatment planning
  • Staff Training and Implementation Planning for Evidence-Based Care
  • Life skills assessment and training
  • Using group interaction to enhance training
  • Transferring training gains to new settings and maintaining them over time
  • Trouble-shooting training difficulties
  • Screening and referral for mental health and substance abuse problems
  • Clinical interviewing skills
  • Stress management
  • Personnel selection

Implementing Evidence-Based Practices

There is much talk in the mental health field about evidence-based practices. While evidence exists for many mental health practices, various scientific bodies have developed specific standards of evidence required for the designation of a practice as “evidence-based”(see Chambless et al., 1998; APA Division 12 Website on Research-Supported Psychological Treatments). The idea behind such standards is to disseminate those practices which have had large and reliable effects on outcomes. Fulfilling the promise of such practices is challenging, in that one must preserve the potency of efficacious interventions amidst the exigencies of applied settings. Paralleling this process, development of a system for identifying and tracking valued outcomes provides important guideposts for effective practice.

Upcoming Trainings

The Multidisciplinary Past and Future of Evidence-Based Treatments for Serious Mental Illnesses

Chairing this panel discussion accepted for presentation at the meeting of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies in Philadelphia, PA in November 2014. Evidence-based intervention for serious mental illnesses came to the fore in an era of multidisciplinary professional teams at hospitals, clinics, day treatment centers, and other mental health rehabilitation facilities. Clinical and rehabilitation psychologists, social workers, and psychiatrists have all played important roles in the research and clinical work that developed these interventions. However, these professions have tended to work in their separate “silos” in recent decades. The Affordable Care Act promotes a renewed emphasis on coordinating care across professions, which is likely to impact professional identities and boundaries. This panel of experts will discuss how research and service delivery with serious mental illnesses can draw on its multidisciplinary past to better develop and disseminate effective interventions in this new era of collaboration.

DSM-5 and Its Clinical Implications

Receive key tools for understanding and employing DSM-5 in clinical settings. Contrast DSM-5’s theoretical assumptions with psychopathology research to maximize the benefits of mental health diagnosis and avoid its pitfalls. Navigate DSM-5’s restructuring, including steps for diagnosis, multi-axial diagnosis, new diagnostic categories, differential diagnosis strategies to enhance diagnostic certainty, and new dimensional approaches to enhance the breadth and clinical utility of diagnosis. Finally, explore the role of diagnosis in a biopsychosocial model of mental health problems, case conceptualization, and clinical intervention.