By: Kristina Spannbauer, Great Lakes ATTC, MHTTC, and PTTC Communications Specialist
The Great Lakes Mental Health
Technology Transfer Center School-based Supplement (SB-MHTTC) recently published a companion
discussion guide for the Classroom WISE . Classroom
WISE is a free,
self-paced online course for educators and school staff that focuses on
increasing mental health literacy in schools and developing robust and
sustainable supports for students experiencing mental health distress and
adversity. The Classroom WISE Discussion Guide is a supplemental training
resource based on NIATx principles. The guide offers
users a framework for integrating the Classroom WISE strategies in schools by
applying evidence-based process improvement methods such as the nominal group technique (NGT) and PDSA
(Plan, Do, Study, Act) rapid-cycle testing.
The blending of both models provides more specific instruction on the steps required to successfully implement the training and how to measure change accurately and effectively over time as users complete the Classroom WISE training modules.
NIATx model relies on implementation science and uses evidence-based practices to assist organizations through
times of change in a collaborative manner that supports the organization’s goals
and strengthens its infrastructure throughout the process. Furthermore, NIATx offers
guidance on creating and facilitating work groups using nominal group technique—an
approach emphasizing the equal representation of ideas, prioritizing organizational
needs, and using data-driven decision-making to effect positive change. The
inclusivity and equitable participation promoted by the nominal group technique
is a vital component of successful process improvement as it explicitly
includes the thoughts and opinions of everyone in the group—from
the “executive” or those in leadership to the on-the-ground workers.
Classroom WISE training program was developed by the Mental
Health Technology Transfer Center (MHTTC) Network and the National
Center for School Mental Health (NCSMH) with funding from cooperative agreements with the Substance
Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).
out the June 2022 ATTC/NIATX Service Improvement Blog, “SUD
and Beyond: Schools Use NIATx To Improve Youth Suicide Prevention Efforts” to read more about applying the
NIATx model to school-based programs and services.