Research Associate - Consultant and Trainer

Date: October 2022

Title: Consultant and Trainer  

Department: Center for Evidence Based Practices

School: MSASS

Location: remote position



Working under limited supervision, the Consultant and Trainer will provide systems level, program and clinical consultation, training, and program evaluation for organizations that are working with the CEBP to implement the Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) model, Dual Disorder Capability (DDC), Integrated Dual Disorder Treatment (IDDT) models and Motivational Interviewing (MI) with national customers and in the State of Ohio. The consultant and trainer provides a unique role in helping to motivate and prepare all staff levels within the provider organizations and board authorities to implement evidence based and emerging best practices.  

The Consultant and Trainer will assist the research/evaluation department by providing program evaluation, outcomes and quality improvement consultation functions for the Center.

The organization’s mission is to promote recovery among people with mental illness, substance use disorders, and co-occurring disorders through the implementation of evidence-based practices and emerging best practices in behavioral healthcare. The CEBP provides programmatic and clinical consultation, training and evaluation services and quality improvement consultation, to organizations interested in implementing the evidence based and emerging best practices. 



  1. Provide consultation and training primarily at mental health organizations and in conjunction with local and State health authorities.  Provide information about the evidence and emerging best practice models and the requisite steps associated with their implementation.  Deliver program and clinical consultation with program managers, team leaders, and direct service staff to develop and sustain the model. 
  2. Participate in community stakeholder meetings attended by a wide range of community organizations including consumer advocates involved in order to facilitate model implementation.
  3. Engage in collaborative efforts with regional and state staff.  Provide input and recommendations for revising state level policies that improve access and consistent, sustainable funding methods across several state departments using the ACT model.
  4. Present onsite, regional and state-wide training for CEBP customer’s team members.
  5. Provide training to the service. Shadow front line staff and supervisors in field-based mentoring to further develop necessary skills.
  6. Develop and provide training in Motivational Interviewing strategies to direct service providers.
  7. Evaluate the program for all CEBP customers; conduct interviews and chart reviews, attend team meetings, shadow direct service staff, complete individual ratings sheets, participate in consensus calls, and write final fidelity assessment reports.
  8. Develop communications documents that can be utilized to promote the interest in practice models and for consultation and training.
  9. Collect outcomes data and analyze for quarterly activity from all participating consumer organizations and participate in developing quarterly reports.
  10. Participate in weekly team meetings.



  1. Update daily calendar as changes occur.
  2. Enter all reportable activities in database weekly.
  3. Follow policies of CWRU in regard to reporting employee expenses, and activity for grant reporting.
  4. Perform other duties as assigned. 



Department: Maintain contact with managing director (supervisor) to receive PRN supervision and to problem solve customer issues related to model implementation; regular contact with the evaluation director related to conducting fidelity assessments for primary-behavioral health care programs; weekly contact with other consultant and trainers to discuss customer site based issues, share information related to implementation and problem solve implementation issues; infrequent contact with financial manager (primarily via email) to submit weekly activity reports; and infrequent contact with department administrators and other contact as needed.

University:  Infrequent contact with co-directors at quarterly all staff meetings; and infrequent contact with human resources for monthly time entry and other issues as needed regarding benefits.

External: Contact with ODM staff as needed as well as agencies and other organizations where training/consultation will occur.  




  • Master’s Degree required in Social Work, Counseling or related field, and a minimum of 3-5 years of experience in training, management, and program implementation within the mental health and substance abuse system.  Experience in implementing evidence-based and best practices.  



1. Functional knowledge of state and federal regulatory and quality improvement policies and practices.

2. Knowledge in supported employment and how to translate that knowledge to working within the mental health system a plus.  

3. Must be highly skilled in training, consultation and organizational abilities with demonstrated skills in team building.  

4. Strong written and verbal communications skills, ability to work independently, ability to carry out multiple tasks, ability to form strong partnership relationships with customers and stakeholders, and ability to work effectively on a team.

5. Commitment to diversity and building multi-cultural competencies in training programs.

6. Reliable transportation.

7. Flexibility to work days, evenings and travel extensively in and out of state.

8. Experience with Microsoft office and use of the internet



Frequent in and out of state travel. Automobile required as work requires some travel within the state of Ohio.  Ability to work beyond standard business hours to attend work-related events and functions.

Interested applicants should forward resume/CV and cover letter to : Crystal Smith at