Philadelphia — The Treatment Research Institute (TRI) has released its latest science-derived product, the RoadMAP ToolkitTM helping treatment counselors in substance abuse deliver relapse prevention techniques to clients in group therapy.
The RoadMAP Toolkit is a collection of multi-media helping tools - reusable interactive posters, linked assignment sheets, an engaging video - that counselors can use to model, explain and strategize with their patients around the evidence-based practice (EBP) of relapse prevention.
"Science can point the way for treatment counselors," said Adam Brooks, Ph.D., architect of RoadMAP, the first in the TRI Toolkit series of helping tools for counselors. "Beginning with relapse prevention, our goal was to bridge the gap between the EBPs already issued and the realities of the world where counselors operate and clients are treated," he said.
RoadMAP employs a "learning by teaching" design. "Although we include props and suggestions (all empirically demonstrated and corresponding to the EBP)," said Brooks, "everything is specifically designed to complement and build upon the counselors' existing skill sets," he said. "The same is true for the web-based training that's included with the Toolkit - helping the counselor bring out his or her best instincts on behalf of clients is the goal."
During development, Brooks and a TRI team did extensive testing with actual counselors and clients. Initial results showed that the counselors who used RoadMAP delivered significantly more evidence-based content after brief training, and that these improvements were detectable at a 6-month follow-up. Clients demonstrated significantly improved relapse prevention knowledge and satisfaction after experiencing the RoadMAP groups.
The tool was descibed in a counselor presentation delivered at the September 2011 NCAD Conference by Brooks and TRI colleague Dan Knoblach. The logic model was also described by Brooks in a recent posting that appeared on Join Together.
The RoadMAP Toolkit is only the latest research-derived tool that TRI has issued for treatment counselors and/or court professionals in substance abuse.