Interdisciplinary training academy for integrated substance/opioid use disorder prevention and health care: A workforce catalyst report

Natasha S. Mendoza, Nidia Hernandez, Colleen Clemency Cordes, Cady Berkel

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Abstract

INTRODUCTION: Addressing the opioid crisis requires attention to the fact that people with opioid use disorder are affected by multiple systems and professionals working across disciplines (e.g., primary health care, social work, psychology). Thus, we developed the Interdisciplinary Training Academy for Integrated Substance/Opioid Use Disorder Prevention and Health care (ITA). The purpose of the ITA is to connect multiple systems to aid in the development of practitioners who are broadly prepared to address the opioid crisis. METHOD: Herein, we use preliminary descriptive methods to illustrate early outcomes related to 30 weeks of interprofessional training rotations across all system levels related to policy, prevention, treatment, integrated care, harm reduction and recovery support services. RESULTS: Overall, the ITA has assisted fellows in garnering 7,257 hr of training to become holistically competent behavioral health providers. Preliminary data indicate that most cohort graduates intend to pursue employment in a telehealth or primary care setting that serves medically underserved communities. DISCUSSION: In sum, we offer a new concept for remote field education that engages learners as curriculum developers, educators, and emerging practitioners with expertise across ecological systems. (PsycInfo Database Record (c) 2022 APA, all rights reserved).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)552-558
Number of pages7
JournalFamily Systems Medicine
Volume40
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2022

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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