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The RoadMAP Relapse Prevention Group Counseling Toolkit™: counselor adherence and competence outcomes
Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment (2013)
  • Adam C. Brooks
  • Carolyn M. Carpenedo
  • Jaymes Fairfax-Columbo, Drexel University
  • Nicolle T. Clements, Saint Joseph's University
  • Lois A. Benishek, University of Pennsylvania
  • Dan Knoblach
  • Deni Carise, University of Pennsylvania
  • Kimberly C. Kirby, Rowan University
Training counselors in empirically supported treatments (ESTs) far exceeds the ever decreasing resources of community-based treatment agencies. The purpose of this study was to examine outpatient substance abuse group counselors' (n = 19) adherence and competence in communicating and utilizing concepts associated with empirically-supported relapse prevention treatment following a brief multimedia toolkit (RoadMAP Toolkit™) training. Moderate or large baseline to post-training effect sizes for counselor adherence to toolkit content were identified for 13 of 21 targeted behaviors (overall d range = .06–2.85) with the largest gains on items measuring active skill practice. Post-training adherence gains were largely maintained at the 6-month follow-up, although no statistically significant improvements were identified over time for counselor competence. This study provides important preliminary support for using a multi-media curriculum approach to increase empirically-supported relapse prevention skills among group counselors. Future research should focus on finding ways to improve counselor skill level and to determine the impact of the Toolkit on client outcomes.
  • Group counseling,
  • Curriculum,
  • Counselor training,
  • Relapse prevention,
  • Cognitive-behavioral,
  • Substance abuse
Publication Date
January 10, 2013
Citation Information
Adam C. Brooks, Carolyn M. Carpenedo, Jaymes Fairfax-Columbo, Nicolle T. Clements, et al.. "The RoadMAP Relapse Prevention Group Counseling Toolkit™: counselor adherence and competence outcomes" Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment Vol. 45 Iss. 4 (2013) p. 356 - 362
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