A Learning Collaborative Is A Model That:

  • Focuses on adopting best practices in diverse service settings
  • Emphasizes adult learning principles and interactive training methods
  • Encourages the participation of both clinicians and supervisors to enhance the opportunity for successful implementation
  • Requires focused work to adopt the treatment over the course of the training

The learning collaborative approach to disseminating treatments and information focuses on spreading, adopting, and adapting best practices across multiple settings. This method creates changes in organizations that promote the delivery of effective interventions and services.

The first goal of a learning collaborative is to get results. The second goal is to close the gap between usual practice and the best care for a specific topic.

This Is An Ongoing Process That:

  • Brings together mental health clinicians from diverse settings to learn, implement, and sustain evidence-based interventions
  • Enables participants to share and learn from their collective experiences and challenges
  • Requires ongoing follow-up consultation activities (through phone and internet)
  • Provides opportunities to practice new skills and share progress through the TCTY

A Learning Collaborative Is NOT:

  • A single or one-time training event
  • A single-setting, single-site, or individual clinician-focused
  • A model for implementing small changes within existing systems

Why Use This Approach?

There are several important reasons for offering this approach to training.

  • Many agencies struggle with adopting new, data-driven practices. They’re trying to overcome these challenges largely on their own, without sufficient resources.
  • If we create a forum for the exchange of experiences and ongoing feedback, the learners will become each other’s teachers.
  • We believe that the resulting improvements associated with the learning collaborative approach have the potential to propel the whole child trauma field forward.