Program Evaluation and Measurement of Mental Health Treatment Outcomes (3 CE’s)

Presented by Marion Chiurazzi, Psy.D.

April 6th,  8:30 am – 12:00 pm

Instructional Level

Advanced

Course Description and Target Audience

While program evaluation and outcome measurement has traditionally been a part of education and training in clinical psychology, applications in clinical practice settings have been inconsistent. Increased demand for accountability for effective, efficient health care and parity for mental health services has created a need for mental health professionals to identify evidence-based practices and outcome measures to demonstrate effective, efficient quality care of interventions to improve patient outcomes. This workshop will address different types of evaluation strategies and outcome measures with specific attention to implementation in integrated care settings. Participants will increase knowledge and develop skills through discussion of presented information, vignettes, and group activities in application.

The target audience is mental health providers (advanced doctoral level psychology trainees, psychologists in practice, master’s level clinicians etc).

Learning Objectives

  • List and describe obstacles to and benefits of outcome measurement
  • Describe types and use of outcome measurements in behavioral health
  • Discuss the role of the interdisciplinary treatment team in integrated care settings
  • Describe strategies for monitoring patient progress in treatment and decision-making about revision of treatment plan
  • Discuss the use of program evaluations and their relationship to evidence-based interventions
  • Create an outcome measure or program evaluation outline relevant to the setting in which they work, and to a service they provide

Presenter Information

Marion Chiurazzi, PsyD, is an associate professor of clinical psychology at the California School of Professional Psychology and the California School of Forensic Studies as Alliant International University in Sacramento, CA. She received her Doctorate in Psychology degree in clinical psychology at CSPP in Fresno, CA. During her twelve-year career in the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, she provided clinical services to inmate-patients and clinical oversight of mental health programs in an environment in which the quality of health care has been closely monitored and scrutinized by federal courts for decades with increasing demands for proof of effective interventions and positive treatment outcomes. In addition to responsibilities at Alliant International University, Dr. Chiurazzi currently is a member of interdisciplinary treatment teams in skilled nursing facilities, providing psychological services to patients who present with a variety of disorders including adjustment disorders, anxiety, depression, dementia, and chronic mental illness, and which often also interfere with their progress toward physical rehabilitation goals, improvement in medical conditions, and/or contribute to problems in behavioral functioning.

*National Psychology Training Consortium (NPTC) is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. NPTC maintains responsibility for this program and its content.