Practical Issues in the Implementation of the Matrix Model

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The National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare hosted a webinar series on evidence-based practices (EBP) for child welfare involved families affected by substance use disorders. The series will provide information on implementation of EBPs with respect to fidelity, provide a forum to learn and share experiences about implementation drivers, and establish a learning community among sites across the country. This webinar discusses practical issues around the implementation of the Matrix Model. The Matrix Model is an intensive outpatient treatment approach for stimulant abuse and dependence that was developed through 20 years of experience in real-world treatment settings. The intervention consists of relapse-prevention groups, education groups, social-support groups, individual counseling, and urine and breath testing delivered over a 16-week period. The program includes education for family members affected by the addiction. The webinar features Jeanne L. Obert, LMFT, MSM. Ms. Obert is a founder, past Executive Director and present Chairperson of the Board of Matrix Institute, a nonprofit corporation that delivers outpatient treatment and mental health services in the Los Angeles, CA area. Matrix is affiliated with the UCLA Integrated Substance Abuse Programs and is a site for the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) Clinical Trials Network (CTN). Recently she worked with others to create the soon-to-be-released second edition of the Hazelden Matrix materials and a Matrix manual for persons involved in the criminal justice system. She has worked to create a system designed to disseminate the Model with fidelity nationally and internationally. The webinar will discuss: implementation considerations and challenges; issues related to adaptation of the model; implementation drivers and challenges; fidelity monitoring, and measurement of impact and outcomes.

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