The New Year is a great time to reflect on skills

By: Dr. Cheri Shapiro, Director

Happy New Year!

As with many parts of our lives, the new year offers and opportunity for a new start, which often means new goals. As professionals interested in the delivery of evidence-based approaches to help youth and families address mental health and/or substance use challenges, now is a great time to evaluate your practice.

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Ongoing efforts in SC to support infant & early childhood mental health

By: Dr. Cheri Shapiro, Director

When it comes to mental health, we need to remember that the foundations of mental health as well as health and development begin in the prenatal and early childhood (0-5) age range. Critical attention and support are needed for infants, young children, and their caregivers.

Important work is happening in South Carolina to support infant and early childhood mental health arena. One effort is designed to help South Carolina to more fully adopt the Pyramid Model for Supporting Social Emotional Competence in Infants and Young Children.

New opportunities for training in evidence-based interventions supporting infant and early childhood mental health are also emerging from this effort. Two interventions that come to mind are Parent Child Psychotherapy and Attachment Biobehavioral Catch-up (ABC). For more information on these opportunities, please visit the website for the SC Infant Mental Health Association.

Additional evidence-based interventions for our youngest citizens and their families include Nurse Family Partnership and Parents As Teachers, both of which have a strong presence in our state. We are lucky to have such a strong focus on helping families with infants and young children the opportunity to have a strong start to life!

Resource: Emotional recovery from hurricanes

The hurricanes we have experienced have left many in our state in dire need. We need to be mindful of the impact of these events which can last much, much longer than the storm.

The American Psychological Association provides information on a range of relevant mental health issues.

The link to information on recovering emotionally from a disaster can be found here:

Stay tuned for an update on our efforts to support the Managing and Adapting Practice system in our state!

How happiness and perception affect evidence-based interventions

By: Dr. Cheri Shapiro, Director

I recently attended the Low Country Mental Health Conference in Charleston, SC.  This amazing conference offered the opportunity to really think beyond what we may encounter in our day-to-day work.  Keynote speakers highlighted the importance of happiness and research related to our experience of happiness (Sonja Lyubomirsky, Ph.D.) as well as the critical role of our internal attitudes and beliefs on perception and current research on consciousness (Anil Seth, D.Phil.).

Both happiness and perception are critical to think about as we seek, study, and implement evidence-based interventions.

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“What does it take to become ‘evidence-based’?”

By: Dr. Cheri Shapiro, Director

I recently was asked a great question about a new program started by an organization: “What does it take to become ‘evidence-based’?”

Starting a program for children, youth, families, or parents begins with a need and a good idea.  The next steps include a number of important decisions:

  • Who the program is for? (Well-defined target population.)
  • What the program intends to accomplish? (Goals or outcomes.)
  • What does the program contain? (Content.)
  • How will the program will be delivered?
  • Who will deliver the program?
  • How will the program be paid for?

These questions are just a start!

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Database makes program search easier

By: Dr. Cheri Shapiro, Director

Today’s post is all about lists, lists, and more lists!  I have written a few times about the lists or registries of evidence-based interventions that are available to guide organizations, providers, and policymakers in exploration and selection of potential programs.  Today, I add one more to the “list of lists” — the Results First Clearinghouse from The Pew Charitable Trusts.

Designed for policymakers, The Results First Clearinghouse Database brings together information from multiple national clearinghouses in order to make the search for programs easier.  A color system is used for rating programs based on the strength of supporting evidence that also acts as a “crosswalk” from other rating systems (e.g. those used by NREPP or Blueprints).   And, searches result in a downloadable database!

Happy hunting!