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Hiring and Leading Staff in Evidence-Based Practices

It is critical for behavioral health agencies to use and sustain evidence-based practices (EBPs). Through a series of instruction, self-study and group activities, this 4-week series will show how to facilitate EBPs through hiring and leadership practices. The first two weeks will cover best practices for hiring staff who may be more likely to deliver evidence-based care. The series will show how to use behavioral interviewing to identify knowledge, skills or values that are consistent with an agency’s goals. One behavioral exercise will show how to identify applicants who may have an aptitude for reflective listening, a key ingredient in the delivery of EBPs. The second two weeks will discuss key elements of leadership that support effective implementation of EBPs. The series will show how to assess the degree to which a leader is perceived by staff as proactive, knowledgeable, supportive, and perseverant with regard to their implementation of EBPs. Identifying strong and weak leadership areas can help agencies retain staff, strengthen EBP implementation, and improve the overall quality of care.


Every Wednesday, October 18 – November 15, 2023 from 10 – 11:30 am MT / 11am – 12:30 pm CT


  • Understand the process of behavioral interviewing, including mapping of competencies to interview questions, asking questions, and rating responses
  • Show how to use a behavioral exercise to gauge comfort with reflective listening
  • Identify characteristics of leadership that support EBP and organizational climate
  • Demonstrate how the Implementation Leadership Scale can be used to provide feedback on leadership that supports EBP

Target Audience:

  • Behavioral health agency administration who interview and hire Behavioral Health, Substance Use Disorders, and Recovery Service providers in HHS Region 8 (Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, Wyoming)
  • Behavioral health agency administration interested in the implementation of evidence-based practices (EBPS)

Participant Commitment & Expectations:

  • Access to appropriate technology to utilize Zoom videoconferencing platform (internet connection, webcam, laptop/tablet, speakers and microphone)
    • Attend a one-hour online Orientation on Wednesday, October 18, 2023 at 10:00 am MT / 11:00 am CT
  • Commit to 4-weeks of online training for 1.5 hours weekly from October 25 – November 15, 2023
  • Complete weekly self-study learning activities


  • Scott Walters, PhD

There is No Cost to Participate:

The first 40 registrants will receive a Mountain Plains ATTC waiver that covers the entire $350 cost of participation. Once the 40 spots have been filled, registration will be closed. Due to limited enrollment, if you cannot commit to the full requirements, please defer this opportunity to others. Registration is not transferable to another person.

Please Note:

Registrants enrolled in this series are required to attend the October 18th and October 25th sessions. If you cannot attend these sessions, you will forfeit your space in the series.

In addition, it is expected that participants will have access to the appropriate technology by October 25th in order to fully participate and be on camera at least 90% of the time. This is not a webinar series and active participation to gain/improve skills are required.

If you do not receive a welcome email October 17th, please check your spam folder.

Continuing Education

The series has been approved for a total of 11 contact hours (10 hours content instruction and one-hour orientation session) through the National Association for Addiction Professionals (NAADAC), International Certification & Reciprocity Consortium (IC&RC), and the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) ACEP No. 6492. No credit will be awarded for non-attendance or partial attendance. 

The knowledge and skills learned should be applied within the framework of any applicable Operating and/or Credentialing regulations in your State of practice.


Please contact the MPATTC Workwise Staff at or by phone at 775-784-6265 or 866-617-2816 (toll-free).

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