Playing games, mostly….all in the name of recovery, of course! C4 was recently awarded two Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) awards from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), both of which will combine gaming technology with skill development. The Phase 2 SBIR will allow C4 to refine the Motivational Interviewing Simulator prototype that we built during Phase 1, and to rigorously evaluate its effectiveness as a learning resource using a randomized controlled study design. This experiential online training tool supports multiple players and roles, with a focus on strengthening MI skills among behavioral health service providers. We are also starting up a Phase 1 SBIR called OnTrack>An Online Role-Playing Game. This game will help people who have experienced a first psychotic episode to build skills that help them to engage in treatment and recovery. It will build on the pioneering work of Dr. Lisa Dixon on Recovery After an Initial Schizophrenia Episode Implementation and Evaluation Study (RAISE-IES). Dr. Dixon and her team at Columbia University and the New York State Psychiatric Institute are our partners in this Phase 1 study.

 

The C4 research team is also launching a NIMH-funded exploratory R21 study of social media use among young adults with schizophrenia, with the goal of understanding potential online pathways to build social connections. With the explosion of the digital age, the online world is all around us – but we don’t fully understand its potential as a source of support for young adults with mental illness.

 

In August, C4 was awarded a contract from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to provide Grantee Data Technical Assistance (GDTA). This new initiative will support SAMHSA grantees and project officers to collect, manage, and use data for performance monitoring, management, and quality improvement. Together with our partners, the Cloudburst Group and RTI international, we are thrilled to provide training that will help grantees who are providing critically important behavioral health services. 

 

C4 recently completed the third year of the Bringing Recovery Supports to Scale Technical Assistance Center Strategy (BRSS TACS) contract, also with SAMHSA. Since 2011, the BRSS TACS team has reached more than 15,000 people, helping to build capacity for recovery support services across behavioral health agencies, peer-run/recovery community organizations, and state systems.

 

t3 is always adding new instructor-led online courses to our schedule. Join us to deepen your skills in Critical Time Intervention, Motivational Interviewing, Trauma-Informed Care, and more. Stay up to date on our latest offerings.

 

If you don’t have time for one of our five-week courses, brush up on Motivational Interviewing (MI) with our eBook, Changing the Conversation: In Interactive Tool to Build MI Skills, now available on iTunes. Read, listen, reflect, and complete learning activities designed to provide a taste and feel for the practice of MI.

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