Current Projects

Building Capacity

Remote Training in Evidence-Based Practices for Clinicians Who Work with Migrant Workers

Principal Investigators: Gino Aisenberg, PhD, Associate Professor, School of Social Work, University of Washington and Zoran Popović, PhD, Professor, Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science and Engineering, University of Washington

This study is a partnership between The University of Washington’s School of Social Work and Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science and Engineering; The Social Work Department at Heritage University in Toppenish, Wash.; and The Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic.

This study will expand and enhance training in evidence-based psychosocial interventions (EBPIs) by designing and testing a computerized training program that is based on adaptive training algorithms.

Undergraduate students working toward a bachelor’s degree in Social Work at Heritage University will receive enhanced training in telephone-based cognitive behavioral therapy (tCBT). In addition to the computerized training program, this training will include classroom instruction, roleplays, and supervision. 

We hypothesize that by simplifying training, we can enhance clinical ability to deliver treatment more competently, more quickly, and with a higher quality of care.

Phases of the study:

DISCOVER

This will entail qualitative interviews with undergraduate students in social work to uncover the challenges they face delivering tCBT to areas overlooked by the training. 

We’ll also conduct qualitative interviews with experts across the U.S. who teach and train bachelor-level students in evidence-based treatments like cognitive behavioral therapy.

DESIGN AND BUILD

The computerized training program will be developed and modified based on feedback obtained in the Discover phase.

TEST

A small, randomized, and controlled trial will compare the enhanced, computerized training program to traditional training methods.

Students from the Heritage University Department of Social Work will be trained in tCBT and deliver the intervention to patients at the Yakima Valley Farm Workers clinic.