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Building Capacity to Integrate Pediatric Behavioral Health Care: A Learning Community Model

Practice/Professional Staff Readiness

3-6 months before training

  1. Practice readiness calls to prepare program, leadership team, staff, and stakeholders
  2. Practice assessment completed to examine capacity and readiness to address child and adolescent behavioral health needs, and to provide population metrics
  3. Review of trainee pre-training evaluation and practice metrics (online reports) to identify/prepare qualified mental health practitioner(s)
  4. Identification of a plan for organizational changes needed to enhance mental health referral/triage using sustainable resources
  5. Development of training materials (slides) and exercises tailored to practice/population
  6. Delivery of SKIP session guides (manual, handouts) and assessment tools
  7. Build collaborative relationships with local community & specialty providers
  8. Advocacy with insurance carriers to support and sustain on-site mental health services.

Intensive Skills Training

  1. Basic Training workshop/experiential seminar on the use of SKIP (3 days)
    1. Screening/evaluation tools for common child/adolescent mental health problems
    2. Treatment for ADHD, disruptive behavior disorders, anxiety, & minor depression
    3. Program monitoring to inform treatment course/adaptation
  2. Advanced Training workshop, 6 months later (1/2 or full day; live or via web)
  3. Consultation calls with trainer (12-18 calls in 6-12 months) with trainee case presentations to discuss assessment and treatment implementation with attention to barriers, problem-solving, progress, and outcome measurement
  4. Fidelity monitoring feedback based on trainer reviews of digital audio files uploaded by each trainee to our secure website (2 files submitted/trainee)
  5. Initiation of electronic case monitoring system (practice metrics) in order to monitor patient progress and outcome using a computer documentation system
  6. Supervisor-only calls to promote SKIP supervision and use (4-6 calls)
  7. Online access to the trainer for Q&A and to website for updated materials, staff support for online infrastructure and conference call system

Performance Review (at end of training)

  1. Completion of post-training evaluation and practice metrics
  2. Review of staff eligibility for Clinician Certification program with trainer
  3. Program data summary of trainee and practice metrics evaluation (follow-up)


  • Interested practitioners who meet initial eligibility criteria after training can apply to be considered for the voluntary SKIP Clinician Certification program. For information on requirements and costs, see the Certification page.
  • All trainer travel costs are an additional expense (e.g., transportation, lodging, meals, etc.).

Optional Clinical Supervisor/Leadership Training

(for supervisors & program manager only who complete the learning community):

Year 2: Personalized Training/Consultation in SKIP Supervision Skills

  1. Advanced supervisor training: Brief discussions/seminars to promote ongoing supervisory competence in and program sustainability of SKIP
  2. Supervisor consultation calls: Individual phone calls, as needed
  3. “Ask the Trainer” electronic message board and e-mail contact: Access to SKIP treatment team via the website and to the trainer via e-mail.


Our training programs have been designed to help professionals accomplish their specific clinical and therapeutic goals:

  • To learn and practice basic SKIP content, with an emphasis on mastering the skills involved in all phases of treatment for use with a broad array of children, caregivers, and families.
  • To competently apply and deliver treatment using SKIP, including the administration of focused clinical content and skills training processes.
  • To incorporate expert feedback about performance as a supplement to ongoing supervision.
  • Optional, Additional Training: To help interested practitioners learn how to teach SKIP to other professionals.

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