Clinical Training

Model Training and Fidelity Requirements

Providers seeking to become certified to implement PSB-CBT must meet the following training and consultation requirements for the school-age model.  Through this process, providers implementing the group modality will need to complete requirements for both youth and caregiver groups.  Completion of these requirements and fidelity in the school-age group or family modality is determined by the PSB-CBT Master Trainers, or Approved Trainer.  Training, including fidelity modality requirements include:

  1. Completion of the full exploration of PSB fit-to-agency process as demonstrated by completion of the OUHSC PSB-CBT Program Organizational Assessment and Agency Application after the community has self-evaluated readiness. 
  2. Completion of all required readings and pre-work assignments resulting from review of the exploration phase materials.
  3. Completion of the online introductory training in Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy.
  4. Attendance and active participation in a PSB-CBT intensive clinical training approved by the OU PSB-CBT T/TA Program.
  5. Completion of at least one-year (12-months) of experience conducting PSB-CBT treatment with a minimum of four families (e.g., caregiver and youth) in group modality, or six-months with a minimum of two families in the family modality through completion.
  6. Implementation of the PSB-CBT model per the treatment curriculum and with appropriate conceptualization of youth with PSB.
  7. Active participation in consultation calls facilitated by an OU PSB-CBT Approved Trainer until fidelity to the model has been met.  "Actively participated" means, at a minimum, directly involved in consultation discussion, regularly sending recorded sessions to a Master Trainer for fidelity monitoring, and evidence of application of feedback from consultation by a PSB-CBT Approved Trainer.
  8. Regularly submit recordings of PSB-CBT sessions for fidelity monitoring by a Master Trainer or Approved Trainer.  Clinicians are encouraged to review own recordings using the OU PSB-CBT fidelity monitoring forms to evaluate their own performance.
  9. Demonstrate competence in assessing PSB families' progress in treatment and make appropriate decisions about completion of PSB-CBT treatment services.
  10. Use at least one standardized psychological instrument to assess children's progress in treatment.

Upon successful completion, the clinician must agree to continue to implement the OU-PSB-CBT model(s) with fidelity and adhere to administrative decisions from OU PSB-CBT T/TA Program regarding the OU PSB-CBT model.  Meeting the above requirements is the first step to becoming a Within-Agency Trainer.

Characteristics of Providers Successfully Trained in PSB-CBT

Successful and sustainable implementation of the model requires attention to particular factors, or "drivers" that support model fidelity and improved client outcomes.  Agencies that have successfully implemented PSB-CBT with fidelity note selection of clinicians to participate in training and implementation of PSB-CBT as a key driver to success.

Through the selection process, agencies have determined that the following characteristics are representative of clinicians effective in their uptake and delivering of PSB-CBT:

  • Cognitive-behavioral and family systems orientations.
  • Comfortable discussing sexual development and sexual content with children and caregivers.
  • Able to effectively engage caregivers, family members, and youth.
  • Comfortable with directive approaches in clinical treatment.
  • New providers who have a mature approach to families or seasoned provider who have an approach and conceptual understanding similar to PSB-CBT.
  • Strong organizational skills (e.g., ability to coordinate, community outreach, and managing referrals).
  • Good communication skills with families and referral sources.
  • Prepared to actively and directly collaborate with partnering agencies and community stakeholders, such as probation and child welfare.
  • Able to apply and teach parents behavioral management and relationship building skills.
  • Experienced with group treatment modality (caregiver and child).
  • Comfortable managing child/youth behavior in a group or family therapy setting.
  • Strong presentation and facilitation skills for group training and education sessions.
  • Invested in sustaining the PSB-CBT program within agency.

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Clinical Training Material

PSB-CBT Agency Readiness Guide - Tool designed to help agencies "self-assess" readiness for implementing a PSB-CBT treatment program in their community and consider what is needed to reach goals for successful implementation. This guide is for agency internal use only and should not be returned to us. Some details may change, but the overall content will not.

PSB-CBT Learning Collaborative Information Guide - Includes useful information about training in assessment and PSB-CBT treatment, including intervention details, training requirements, learning collaborative key elements, participation requirements, and cost of training.

Agency Application - If you are interested in pursuing a formal training project, then please complete this application. We use this form to systematically gather information about potential sites so we can make informed decisions about next steps. This form should be completed by the person leading the effort to implement the PSB-CBT treatment program in the agency of community. Submission of the form does not guarantee that training will be provided.

Provider Application - Should be completed by each provider from the site apply for formal training, and submitted along with the Agency Application.

PSB-CBT Program Fidelity Requirements for Providers - Providers seeking to be identified as implementing the PSB-CBT models with fidelity must meet the requirements for the specific age group (pre-school, school-age, adolescent) in which trained. Fidelity can be pursued by implementing the model in the group or family therapy modality.