Evidence-Based Practice Project

Efficacy of One-Day Trainings

Efficacy of One-Days Trainings for Mental Health Clinicians: A Literature Review


In 2010, staff at the University at Buffalo School of Social Work Office of Continuing Education completed a literature review focusing on the efficacy of one-day trainings when utilized with those working in the field of mental health. A one-day training can be defined as a training that can be completed over the course of one day.

In mental health agencies, there has been an increasing amount of pressure for individuals to evaluate the benefits of trainings that practitioners are attending. There are many reasons for this including ascertaining cost to benefits of trainings, determining if trainings are evidence-based and determining if trainings are presenting the identified and stated objectives. In addition to this, agencies have acknowledged the critical importance of continuing education for practitioners. Continuing education brings empirically supported treatments to those already working professionally and helps individuals to stay current.

The literature review conducted by staff found:

  • One-day trainings can be beneficial to both the client and the clinician.
  • At the time of this review, there was no information available regarding any neutral or negative outcomes of one-day trainings.
  • Improved attitude, increased knowledge base and expanded clinical skills were cited as benefits of attending these trainings.
  • In order for one-day trainings to have a positive effect they must be specific, have clearly defined goals and have reference materials for participants to take away following the session.



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