Implementation of Evidence Based Practices

Friday, February 04, 2022, 9:00 AM-4:00 PM-$199 including CEUs
Implementation of Evidence Based Practices
Kerrin Westerlind, LICSW

Participants in this training will be oriented to the elements of evidence based and best practice implementation and specific steps needed depending on the type of practice you are looking to implement in.  The training will provide opportunities to engage in discussion related to common challenges associated with implementing EBPs and best practices into existing programs and structures as well as benefit from trainer experiences and lessons learned.  Attendees will be provided with potential solutions to identified challenges including the opportunity to work with others in the training to consider what solutions may be most effective in the attendee’s practice.  The training will spend time on the importance of using fidelity and outcomes to enhance practice as you begin implementing a new EBP or best practice into your work and will provide concrete, practical ideas for beginning implementation of a practice into one’s current setting and practice. 

Following this training the participants will understand:

  • Effective ways to integrate EBPs into existing programs
  • The key elements to implementation in various settings
  • Common challenges and solutions discussed
  • The purpose and use of fidelity and outcomes to enhance practice
  • Practical Ideas for implementation in their setting


Kerrin Westerlind, MSW, LICSW, is the Director of Evidence Based Practices at Open Sky Community Services.  For more than a decade, Kerrin has assisted interdisciplinary teams in the implementation of Evidence Based and Best Practices.  

Kerrin is an expert in Illness Management and Recovery (IMR) and has been involved in this practice since 2005.  She has overseen the implementation of IMR services in residential and supported housing programs with diverse populations, adapted materials for various populations and has provided consultation on using adaptations of IMR with adolescents, those who are justice-involved and individuals who are dually diagnosed with a mental health and a substance use disorder.   She has provided training and consultation on IMR and its adaptations to specific populations to various agencies in Massachusetts, throughout the United States and at National Conferences.

Additionally, Ms. Westerlind has training and leadership experience in implementing multiple emerging modalities for working with people who experience psychosis, including CBT for Psychosis and Recovery Oriented Cognitive Therapy (CT-R).  

Kerrin is passionate about providing person-centered, recovery-oriented practices, and training others in the provision of these treatment models.  Her experience in the mental health field includes over 20 years of work in a range of settings from residential, supported housing, day treatment, outpatient, community-based services for adults and adolescents and clubhouse model. Her interests have led her to serve on the MassPRC (Massachusetts Psychiatric Rehabilitation Collaborative) Board of Directors, since 2018. Kerrin is best known for her creative approach to providing group and individual interventions while maintaining fidelity to the model.   Ms. Westerlind brings an enthusiasm for teaching and lots of energy to her trainings.  

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