Training Opportunities

As VDSS works to implement Family First in Virginia, VDSS is investing in the community based provider network to offer training in Multisystemic Therapy (MST), Functional Family Therapy (FFT), and Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) in order to support the provider workforce to deliver these critical services to families of children who are at imminent risk of entering foster care.

These programs are all rated as well-supported on the Title IV-E Prevention Services Clearinghouse. Evidence-based programs refers to the quality of the program being offered. To be called Evidence-based, a program has to meet a series of rigorous standards that show it is effective. Research of the program must illustrate that it actually helps children and families meet their treatment goals.

FREE Regional Evidence-Based Practices (EBP) Learning Collaborative

Virginia has embraced Evidence-Based Practices (EBP) in both its child welfare and behavioral health systems with the belief that we will better serve children and families.

In order to effectively standup EBPs for prevention services in line with Family First and behavioral services for the enhancement of behavioral service, representatives of the Commonwealth's child-serving agencies and their local partners (Social Services, Children's Services Act, Education, Juvenile Justice, Behavioral Health and Developmental Services, Medical Assistance) are working together to educate communities on EBPs and how to implement them.

Along these lines, the Commonwealth’s child-serving agencies are planning a series of FREE Regional Evidence-Based Practices (EBP) Learning Collaborative facilitated by the National Implementation Research Network.

Localities, or if more practical and appropriate, regional teams of representatives from the child-serving systems (e.g., CSBs) are invited to come together for a day of learning, self-reflection, team building, and planning to enhance your local/regional readiness for the adoption, implementation and long-term sustainability of the new and exciting approaches.

Local or regional teams should identify their team members and submit the application no later than February 14, 2020, to the email address listed on the application. Once the application is approved, local/regional teams will receive confirmation of attendance on or before March 13, 2020.

Please review the documents below for more information. If you have additional questions after reviewing these documents, please contact: