Evaluation of a web-based training model for family peer advocates in children's mental health

Sarah Mc Cue Horwitz, Paige Cervantes, Anne D. Kuppinger, Patricia L. Quintero, Susan Burger, Heather Lane, Donna Bradbury, Andrew F. Cleek, Kimberly Eaton Hoagwood

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Objective: The aim of this study was to compare knowledge gains from a new online training program with gains from an existing in-person training program for family peer advocates. Methods: Data were used from a pre-post study of individuals who enrolled in the Web-based Parent Empowerment Program training; 144 participants completed the training and pre-post tests, and 140 were admitted to the analyses. Knowledge was assessed with 34 questions, 29 of which were common to the online and in-person trainings. Pre-post knowledge scores were available from the in-person training. Results: Statistically significant gains in knowledge were found with both the 34 questions and the 29 questions common to both trainings. Knowledge gains across the two training models did not differ. Conclusions: Data on knowledge gains from this accessible, affordable online model show promise for training the growing and important workforce of family peer advocates.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)502-505
Number of pages4
JournalPsychiatric Services
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 2020

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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