Prevention and Intervention Practitioners Network

Project: Research project

Project Details

Description

This program aims to build a national network that both increases the efficacy of locally based prevention frameworks and programs and expands referrals to qualified programs throughout the country. The grant activities include (1) establishing a practitioners network, (2) hosting a series of workshops, (3) developing a framework for designing or adapting intervention programs, and (4) creating an asset map of mental and behavioral health practitioners willing to accept targeted violence and terrorism prevention referrals.

a. Establish a Practitioners Network
The McCain Institute will establish a network for practitioners providing direct prevention and intervention services addressing hate and targeted violence within the United States. The network will synthesize the latest research, share promising practices on program design, and facilitate sustained collaboration among practitioners. The McCain Institute will begin by establishing a formal steering committee for the network. The McCain Institute will then collaborate with the steering committee to establish membership criteria and draft a charter. Finally, the McCain Institute will conduct strategic outreach to relevant professional associations like the Association of Threat Assessment Professionals, Police Psychological Services Section of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, National Association of Social Workers, and American Psychological Association to grow the network.

b. Host a Series of Workshops
The McCain Institute will design and deliver a dozen intensive, design workshops for prevention and intervention practitioners in the United States. Each of these workshops will address a single common design challenge identified by practitioners. For example, we will plan workshops on topics like how to navigate privacy and ethical obligations; how to manage litigation risks and secure insurance; which referral models to adopt; how to approach needs, risk, and threat assessment; how to market their services; and how to secure funding and develop sustainable budgets. The workshops will feature a combination of experienced practitioners and researchers to dig into the granular nuts and bolts of program design and implementation for each topic. The McCain Institute will partner with the Institute for Strategic Dialogue and the Strong Cities Network to develop relevant read-ahead materials for each module featuring relevant research, program models, and potential design considerations for discussion.

In light of the health and travel implications of COVID-19, the McCain Institute plans to host shorter, virtual workshops in Year 1 and longer, in person workshops as public health guidance permits in year two. The McCain Institute has the capacity to host up to 350 people with dynamic facilitation and breakout rooms for the virtual workshops. We budgeted for 40 travel scholarships for each of the in-person workshops and we will give priority to Targeted Violence and Terrorism Prevention (TVTP) grantees for up to 15 of those scholarships.

c. Develop a Framework for Program Design
Following each workshop, the McCain Institute will collaborate with the Institute for Strategic Dialogue and the Strong Cities Network to produce thematic practice guides, drawing on lessons learned from practitioners, researchers, and subject matter experts. These practice guides will feature relevant considerations, practical implications, and actionable recommendations for each of the design decisions featured in a practitioners network workshop. The guides will also highlight relevant tools and resources for further information on each design consideration.

The compilation of these practice guides will support Objective 3 of the TVTP Grant Program. More jurisdictions will be able to quickly adopt comprehensive prevention frameworks if they have access to a step-by-step guide for all the design decisions necessary to adopt such a framework and tailor it to their unique local circumstances. In addition, more communities will have programming to enhance resilience if practitioners have access to step-by-step guides mitigating legal liability and securing insurance, as concerns over legal liability have deterred potential prevention and intervention practitioners for years.

d. Create an Asset Map
Once the network is established, promising practices for program design are identified, and the practice guides are written, the McCain Institute will create an asset map of both prevention programs and behavioral and mental health professionals willing to accept referrals. This map will identify all network members who are willing to accept referrals by region, so TVTP personnel and network members can easily make referrals by region. This map will also identify all network members who are willing to accept referrals by specialty and cultural competency, so that TVTP personnel and network members can meet more specialized referral needs as well.
StatusActive
Effective start/end date10/1/209/30/22

Funding

  • DHS: Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA): $433,141.00

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