Evaluation of a treatment manual and workshops for disseminating, parent-child interaction therapy

Amy D. Herschell, Cheryl B. McNeil, Anthony J. Urquiza, Jean M. McGrath, Nancy M. Zebell, Susan Goff Timmer, Alissa Porter

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This study's main purposes were to: (a) evaluate a treatment manual as a dissemination strategy, (b) compare two workshop formats for evidence-based treatment (EBT) training, and (c) provide preliminary data on therapist characteristics potentially associated with successful EBT adoption. Forty-two community-based clinicians were assigned to one of two training groups (didactic or experiential). Behavior observation and self-report data were collected at four time points. Results suggest that reading a treatment manual is useful, but not sufficient. Experiential and didactic training were equally effective in increasing knowledge, skill, and satisfaction; however, after a 2-day training, few participants demonstrated mastery of skills.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)63-81
Number of pages19
JournalAdministration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2009


  • Dissemination
  • Evidence-based treatment
  • Parent-Child Interaction Therapy
  • Therapist training

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Phychiatric Mental Health
  • Health Policy
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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