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This page aims to provide resources to promote professional development for community practitioners. Current topics and/or links include Empirically Supported Treatment, Nebraska Behavioral Workforce and Training, and GASSW Courses Open to Practitioners.

Empirically Supported Treatment (EST) and Evidence Based Practice (EBP)

The current topic deals with empirically supported treatments and evidence-based practice. Busy practitioners may find it difficult to keep up with best practices for clinical and social services.  The materials offered here are not comprehensive but a sample that may lead to further exploration by individuals or study groups of practitioners. The sections below can guide you in gaining important information about beneficial treatments, including opportunities for training and skill development.


The materials here offer general information/definitions of empirically supported treatment (EST) and evidence-based practice (EBP). This is a good starting point for learning about these issues. The following sources offer definitions, discussion, history, comparisons of EST and EBP, and insights into implementation:

Definitions: Evidence Based Practice, Evidence Based Practices/Interventions, and Resources. National Association of Social Workers website.

SAMHSA  “Understanding Evidence-Based Practices for Co-occurring Disorders”

About Empirically Supported Therapeutic Relationships

Smoothing the Trail for Dissemination of Evidence-Based Practices for Youth: Flexibility Within Fidelity. [Download article.]

Addiction Technology Transfer Center (ATTC). Submitted by Pat Stilen, LCSW, Director, Mid-America ATTC, University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), School of Nursing and Health Studies.

Implementing Evidence-Based Practices

ATTC Network, The Change Book

National Implementation Research Network (Fixsen and colleagues)

State Implementation & Scaling-up of Evidence-based Practices (SISEP) Center (Blase, Fixsen and colleagues)

OHIO SAMI Coordinating Center of Excellence, Implementing IDDT: A step-by-step guide to stages of organizational change (booklet)

ATTC Network National website

Turning Knowledge into Practice: A Manual for Behavioral Health Administrators and Practitioners About Understanding and Implementing Evidence-Based Practices

Evidence-Based Practices: An Implementation Guide for Community-Based Substance Abuse Treatment Agencies

Institute for Behavioral Research at TCU – Simpson’s models and instruments

Lists, Registries, Clearinghouses

Here you will find organizations that have developed concise lists of empirically supported treatments for various disorders or client groups. There may be some repetition within lists.

American Psychological Association (APA), Society of Clinical Psychology "Website on Research- Supported Psychological Treatments”    
This is the website for the American Psychological Association, Division 12: Society of Clinical Psychology, which maintains a list of psychological treatments with empirical support.
This is the list of evidence based programs and practices from the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration
This is the website for the American Psychological Association, Division 53: Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, which provides a list/information of psychological treatments for child and adolescent disorders with empirical support.
This links to University of California at LA , Psychology, Quick Find On-line Clearinghouse for Empirically-Supported/Evidence-Based Interventions—not exhaustive. It provides many links to information, resources, guidance notes, practice notes, tools for practice, and training packets.
Addiction Health Services Research for Treatment Providers and Systems, Dartmouth Psychiatric Research Center provides fidelity tools Dual Diagnosis Capability in Addiction Treatment (DDCAT) guides service providers and systems educate substance use disorders/behavioral health and primary care organizations about two healthcare-related fidelity tools: the Dual Diagnosis Capability in Health Care Settings (DDCHCS) Index, which evaluates the capacity of health care services policy, practice and workforce to address persons with co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders and the Dual Diagnosis in Medically Integrated Care (DDMICe) which evaluates the capacity of SUD/behavioral health programs to address health care issues (in development).

Specific Program Resources and Tools

Blueprints for Violence Prevention: Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence:
     Model Programs - 
     Promising Programs - 

California Evidence Based Clearinghouse for Child Welfare 

University of South Florida. Research and Training Center for Children's Mental Health. Systems of Care Research

California Healthy Kids Resource Center 

Campbell Collaboration (C2): Systematic Reviews in Education, Criminal Justice, Social Welfare 

Center for the Study of Social Policy: Exemplary Early Childhood Programs change/category/learning_from_exemplary_programs/ 

Coalition for Evidence-Based Policy, Social Programs that Work 

Cochrane Collaboration: Systematic Reviews of Health Care 

Criminal Justice Programs

National Association of County and City Health Officials: The Model Practice Database 

Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency: Model Programs Guide 

Promising Practices Network: Children's Programs that Work 

Public Health Agency of Canada: The Canadian Best Practices Portal: Public Health 

Sociometrics: Effective Programs: Prevention 

Addictions: Adolescent Specific
Chestnut Health Systems, CSAT & other treatment manuals,

National Child Traumatic Stress Network, Understanding the Link Between Adolescent Trauma and Substance Abuse,

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Reclaiming Futures,

Society for Adolescent Substance Abuse Treatment Effectiveness (SASATE),

Southern Coast ATTC, Adolescent Featured Products,

From Chestnut Health System’s Lighthouse Bookstore,

Multidimensional Family Therapy,

Multisystemic Therapy,

Medication Assisted Treatment, Buprenorphine Treatment for Young Adults, NIDA/SAMHSA Blending Product Training,

ATTC Network, In My Own Words: Celebrating Students’ Stories of Recovery,

Addictions: General Substance Abuse Treatment

ATTC Network National website,

The Cochrane Collaboration,

Committed Caring Faith Communities,

Faces and Voices of Recovery,

National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA),

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA),

Prevention and treatment of mental and substance use disorders – National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices,

Evidence-based Practice Centers (EPC) Program of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality,


Here you will find information for professional training in empirically supported treatments, some online and without cost, for specific disorders  or for certain client groups, e.g., military, children, etc.

Selected Free Training—CEUs May Be Available

Training for Organizations Interested in Dissemination, Implementation of Evidence-Based Treatment

Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration, a portal for training/online training

The following is the website for a free web-based curriculum in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for children experiencing abuse, grief, etc. A certificate and CEUs are available.

The following is the website for a free web-based curriculum in Using TF-CBT with Child Traumatic Grief. A certificate and CEUs are available.

The following is the professional portal for the website for the National Center for PTSD, Department of Veterans Affairs.  It offers free information and videos on PTSD.

The following includes training in other types of trauma.

The following is the direct link to the free online PTSD curricula for professionals.  The first is PTSD 101 Core Curriculum (with five modules). The second curriculum is PTSD 101 Beyond the Basics (with six modules). Additional curricula deal with Co-Morbidities and Complications, Specific Populations, and Special Topics. CEUs are available.

NASW website for resources for military social work—not necessarily EBP

Selected Fee-based Training

Behavioral Tech, LLC. Online Training Course in Exposure Therapy

Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies
Video Series for purchase
Podcasts free

Addiction Technology Transfer Center Network’s Online Learning Portal offers high quality, on-demand or instructor-led courses developed by industry experts. Participants will earn a certificate of completion after successfully finishing the course. Most courses also offer the ability to earn National Association of Social Workers (NASW) CEUs at a rate of $5 per contact hour.

Nebraska Behavioral Health Workforce and Training--SAMHSA’s Mid-America ATTC Regional Center (HHS Region 7). The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) aligned the Addiction Technology Transfer Center (ATTC) Network Regions to be consistent with the U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) Regions.The Mid-America ATTC, in residence at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, School of Nursing and Health Studies, serves the behavioral health workforce in Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska.

Nebraska Behavioral Health Workforce and Training

See the following links to the Behavioral Health Education Center of Nebraska (BHECN) whose mission is
“to enhance the behavioral health of the people of Nebraska by improving the numbers, accessibility and competence of the Nebraska Behavioral Health Workforce through the collaboration of academic institutions, providers, governmental agencies and the community.”

UNO Courses Open to Community Practitioners

Each semester the GASSW offers courses that may interest community practitioners. You may find here a course that you have never studied in your professional training program or an area you are now interested in or is required for your job. A community practitioner who has already earned a master’s degree and does not want course credit may register for AUDIT credit, which is a lower rate than regular tuition. Graduate audit tuition currently is $122.62 per credit hour. Audit students are expected to attend class and do assigned readings; course prerequisites are typically waived.  If a class is audited then the individual may only claim 8 CEUs per graduate audited credit hour, for a total of 24 CEUs, if it’s a 3 credit graduate course.

If the individual takes a graduate course for academic credit, they would be able to claim 15 CEUs per credit hour for a total of 45 CEUs if it’s a 3 credit graduate course.

LMHPs – academic credit must be graduate level for persons holding the LMHP
CMSE/CSW – undergraduate or graduate level courses are acceptable for persons holding a CMSW or CSW

The following courses (all three credit hours) may have space available for community practitioners. See course descriptions at For further information, contact Director Theresa Barron-McKeagney at

Fall Semester

Clinical Courses
SOWK 8260  Social Work Practice with Older Adults
SOWK 8280  Social Work Practice with Couples and Changing Family Structures

Macro Courses
SOWK 8540 Social Welfare Planning

Research Course
SOWK 8940-850 Evaluation of Social Programs (partially internet mediated)

Other Courses
SOWK 4510/8516 Chemical Treatment Issues in Chemical Dependency (may register for lower undergraduate tuition rate)
SOWK 8600 Permanence for Children (may be partially internet mediated)

Spring Semester

Clinical Course
SOWK 8270 Social Work Practice with Sexual Concerns (offered in even numbered years)

Macro Courses
SOWK 8560  Advanced Community Practice
SOWK 8570  Administration of Social Welfare Agencies

Other Courses
SOWK 8610 Family and Community Violence (may be partially internet mediated)
SOWK 4860/8686 Medical and Psychosocial Aspects of Alcohol/Drug Use and Addiction (online; approved for LADC; may register for lower undergraduate tuition rate)

Summer Term

SOWK 4690/8696 Assessment and Case Management in Substance Abuse  (online; approved for LADC; may register for lower undergraduate tuition rate)