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Training Intervention Strategies

Credentials and standards

Evaluation of training needs can also be based on competency standards for particular disciplines. Both national and State standards may apply. Sources of standards include professional organizations and associations, task forces at the State and national levels, certification and licensing boards, and models developed for review and possible adoption. Each of these can be used as sources to draft job descriptions, plan training, and establish professional “ladders” that allow employees to advance to new positions as they access training and demonstrate their qualifications. Below are some examples of behavioral health professions for which relevant competency standards have been developed. In addition, while competencies for various behavioral health disciplines are not always well settled, this overview of competency standards in behavioral health may prove helpful. For more information on specific credential requirements for addiction, mental health care, social work, prevention professionals, and other behavioral health careers, please see the following:

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