EDUCATION OVERVIEW

Each year of operation, Optum Idaho has invested in the continuous development and improvement of education opportunities available to our providers, in order to better serve our members. 

Optum will continue to assess, develop, and implement education opportunities that support the Education Contractual requirements and look to proactively expand the continuum of behavioral health care services for our Members. We are dedicated to building a collaborative partnership with our providers and providing access to the best and most cutting-edge education content.

If you have questions, please send an email to the Optum Education team at optum.idaho.education@optum.com.

EVIDENCE-BASED PRACTICE RESOURCES- YOUTH

Optum Idaho has developed a resource list of evidence-based practices (EBPs) to promote the use of scientifically established behavioral health interventions. Training and education in these EBPs will increase the expertise needed to provide effective interventions to youth receiving services. Optum Idaho is not mandating use of specific evidence-based practices, but providing a clearinghouse of resources for Providers to access based on their specific need and clinical judgement.

This list identifies General EBPs that can be utilized for a variety of treatment needs. It also identifies EBPs for common diagnostic categories: Trauma, ADHD, Disruptive Behavior, Depression, and Anxiety.  These resources include free, low-cost, and higher-cost resources. Links are provided for each resource to increase ease of access. Additionally, there are a variety of delivery methods (webinars, DVDs, books, etc.) in an effort to meet the educational needs of Providers. Resources include relevant modules available through our e-learning system, Relias, that can increase skills and knowledge base for working with specific populations. If you are having difficulty loading a specific course, please try again in a different browser.

Please review the Provider Training page to get more information on live webinars and in-person training opportunities that Optum Idaho will be hosting throughout the year. For additional information on EBPs, please visit the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Evidence-Based Practices Resource Center. If you have further questions about educational offerings or resources, please contact us at optum.idaho.education@optum.com.

General EBPs

Below is a resource list for evidence-based practices (EBPs) that can be utilized with a variety of presenting problems. This list also includes resources to increase skills and knowledge about topics relevant to child and youth behavioral health.

Resource

Cost

Age Range

Delivery/Link

ACT for Children and Adolescents: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Trauma, Anxiety, Attachment Issues, and More by PESI

$200

6-17 years

DVD

Calming Children in Crisis

Free

All

Relias

Children and Adolescent Psychopharmacology

Free

All

Relias

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Children and Adolescents by PESI

$300

6-17 years

DVD

CBT Toolbox for Children and Adolescents by Phifer/Crowder

$30

6-17 years

Book

Developmental States: School-Age though Adolescence

Free

6-17

Relias

Family Assessment and Intervention

Free

All

Relias

MATCH-ADTC (Modular Approach to Therapy with Children with Anxiety, Depression, Trauma, and Conduct Problems)

Free

6-17 years

On-demand videos

MATCH-ADTC by Weisz/Chorpita

$99

6-17 years

Book

MATCH-ADTC by Practice Wise

$79

6-17 years

Online protocol

Mindfulness Certificate Course for Treating Kids and Teens: Interventions for ADHD, Anxiety, Trauma, Emotional Regulation, and More by PESI

$300

6-17 years

On-demand certification

Motivational Interviewing and Advanced Strategies Motivational Interviewing

Free

All

Relias

Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology Courses on Behavior Problems, Anxiety, ADHD, and Depression

$20/hour

All

On-demand videos

Strengths-Based Approach in Working with At-Risk Youth

Free

6-17 years

Relias

Working with Parents: Communication, Education, and Support

Free

All

Relias

 

Cultural Diversity

Below is a resource list of resources to increase skills and knowledge about incorporating cultural competence and responsiveness into work with youth and families.

Resource

Cost

Age Range

Delivery/Link

Cultural Issues in Treatment for Paraprofessionals

Free

All

Relias

DHH: National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services

Free

All

Guidelines and resources

Groundwork for Multicultural Care

Free

All

Relias

Improving Cultural Competence by SAMHSA

Free

All

Manual

Infusion of Culturally Responsive Practices

Free

All

Relias

National Children’s Traumatic Stress Network – Culture and Trauma

Free

All

On-demand courses

Providing Mental Health Care for Youth with Non-Binary Gender Identities

Free

All

On-demand

ADHD

Below is a resource list of evidence-based practices (EBPs) that have shown efficacy in treating ADHD in children and adolescents. This list also includes resources to increase skills and knowledge about relevant topics.

Resource

Cost

Age Range

Delivery/Link

ADHD: Diagnosis and Treatment

Free

All

Relias

CHADD – The National Resource on ADHD

Free

All

Webinars and resources

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Impulsive Children

$23

3-12

Book

Mentalization-Based Treatment for Children: A Time-Limited Approach

$70

5-12

Book

Understanding ADHD for the Paraprofessional

Free

All

Relias

Anxiety

Below is a resource list of evidence-based practices (EBPs) that have shown efficacy in treating a variety of anxiety in children and adolescents. This list also includes resources to increase skills and knowledge about relevant topics.

Resource

Cost

Age Range

Delivery/Link

Coping Cat/The C.A.T Project

$26-$95

7-17

Workbooks, Manuals, DVD, Computer Prog.

Internalizing Disorders: A Focus on Anxiety and Related Disorders in Children and Adolescents

Free

All

Relias

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Anxious Children by Lee/Semple

$41

9-12

Book

Depression

Below is a resource list of evidence-based practices (EBPs) that have shown efficacy in treating depression in children and adolescents. This list also includes resources to increase skills and knowledge about relevant topics.

Resource

Cost

Age Range

Delivery/Link

Adolescent Suicide

Free

13-17 years

Relias

“CBT for Adolescent Depression” video by John Curry

$110

13-18

DVD

Depressive Disorders in Children and Adolescents

Free

All

Relias

Interpersonal Psychotherapy for Depressed Adolescents

$28

13-18

Book

Disruptive Behavior

Below is a resource list of evidence-based practices (EBPs) that have shown efficacy in treating a variety of disruptive behavior issues in children and adolescents. This list also includes resources to increase skills and knowledge about relevant topics.

Resource

Cost

Age Range

Delivery/Link

EBP Series: Disruptive Behavior Disorders

Free

All

Relias

Evidence Based Treatment Planning for Disruptive Child and Adolescent Behavior”

$49

6-17 years

On-demand video

Externalizing Disorders: Disruptive Behaviors in Children and Adolescents

Free

All

Relias

Interventions for Disruptive Behavior Disorders Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) KIT by SAMHSA

Free

All

EBP KIT

Keeping Your Cool: CBT for Aggressive Children by Nelson (available in Spanish)

$56/$25

10-17 years

DVD/manual

Motivational Interviewing for Adolescent Behavior

$79

13-17 years

On-demand video

Trauma Informed Treatment for Children with Challenging Behaviors

Free

All

Relias

Dual Diagnosis

Below is a resource list of evidence-based practices (EBPs) that have shown efficacy in treating dual diagnosis of mental health and substance use in children and adolescents. This list also includes resources to increase skills and knowledge about relevant topics.

Resource

Cost

Age Range

Delivery/Link

Adolescent Substance Use Disorder Clinical Pathways

Free

All

Relias

Advanced Co-Occurring Disorders

Free

All

Relias

Cannabis Youth Treatment Series: The Adolescent Community Reinforcement Approach

Free

13-17 years

Treatment Protocol

Cannabis Youth Treatment Series: Motivational Enhancement Ttherapy/Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Free

13-17 years

Treatment Protocol

Co-Occurring Disorders

Free

All

Relias

Co-Occurring Disorders: An Overview for Paraprofessionals

Free

All

Relias

Evidence Based Practices in Treating Substance Use Disorders

Free

All

Relias

Integrated Treatment for Co-Occurring Disorders Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) KIT by SAMHSA

Free

13-17 years

EBP KIT

Integrated Treatment for Co-Occurring Disorders Parts 1 & 2

Free

All

Relias

Principles of Adolescent Substance Use Disorder Treatment: A Research-Based Guide

Free

13-17 years

Publication

Principles of Substance Abuse Prevention for Early Childhood

Free

0-8 years

Publication

“Recovery from Trauma, Addiction, or Both” and “Seeking Safety” by Najavitis

$56

13-17 years

Books

Trauma

Below is a resource list of evidence-based practices (EBPs) that have shown efficacy in treating trauma in children and adolescents. This list also includes resources to increase skills and knowledge about relevant topics. For additional information and resources (including free online courses), please visit The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN).

Resource

Cost

Age Range

Delivery/Link

Attachment Disorders: Attachment and Trauma

Free

All

Relias

EBP Series: Adolescent Trauma Webinar

Free

13-17 years

Relias

EBP Series: Child Trauma Webinar

Free

6-12 years

Relias

National Child Traumatic Stress Network Courses

Free

All

Online courses and resources

Parent-Child Interaction Therapy for Traumatized Children through UC Davis

Free

2-7 years

On-demand course

“Real Life Heroes: A Life Storybook” and “Real Life Heroes: Practitioner’s Manual” by Kagan

$67

6-17 years

Books

Traumatic Stress Disorders in Children and Adolescents

Free

All

Relias

Treating Trauma and Traumatic Grief in Children by Cohen, Mannarino, & Deblinger

$42

All

Book

Young Children

Below is a resource list of evidence-based practices (EBPs) that have shown efficacy in treating young children. This list also includes resources to increase skills and knowledge about relevant topics.

Resource

Cost

Age Range

Delivery/Link

Behavior Management in Early Childhood

Free

0-5

Relias

Center for Play Therapy

$50-$295

3-11

DVDs

Developmental Stages: Birth to Five Years Old

Free

0-5

Relias

Strengths-Based Parenting Strategies That Work by Cognitive Behavior Associates

$30

All

Webinar

Young Children with ADHD : Early Identification and Intervention by DuPaul and Kern

$44

2-5

Book