Title

Modernizing Training in Psychotherapy Competencies With Adaptive Learning Systems: Proof of Concept

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

10-13-2020

Publication Title

Research on Social Work Practice

First page number:

1

Last page number:

11

Abstract

Purpose: This proof-of-concept study assessed the feasibility, acceptability, and effectiveness of an intelligent tutoring system (ITS) as a classroom adjunct to improve training bachelor of social work (BSW) students in client engagement strategies. Methods: We codeveloped the ITS with 11 undergraduate students and pilot tested it with six BSW students enrolled in a class on telephone-based cognitive behavioral therapy (tCBT). Student competencies in tCBT were assessed by expert review of role-plays. We also examined time spent using ITS and relation with competency. Results: The majority of students (81.8%) in Wave 1 and all of the students who submitted role-plays in Wave 2 passed the clinical skills role-play. Students advancing through the ITS more quickly had better tCBT competency ratings than those progressing more slowly. Discussion: One of the most challenging aspects of training is how to competently deliver evidence-based practices. ITS has the potential to streamline and scale such training.

Keywords

eLearning; Adaptive training; Intelligent tutoring; Psychotherapy

Disciplines

Cognitive Psychology

Language

English

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