The recent Institute of Medicine Report on Prevention highlights the use of evidence-based kernels as a strategic way to improve multiple outcomes in mental, emotional and behavioral disorders. An evidence-based kernel is the smallest unit of proven behavioral influence (Embry & Biglan, 2008; Embry, 2004). In a time of short funds, kernels offer a powerful way of providing evidence-based practices on a shoe-string budget—yet with powerful outcomes. The same kernel can be used prevention, intervention and treatment—which economizes on staff training and technical support. Additionally, this fact means that the same thing you are using for example to have a major impact on recovery and sobriety for adults can be used at home with success with the client's children. And.the same strategy used at home or in the clinic can be used in school or other community settings—including in the workplace. This workshop takes a number of powerful kernels and details how they can be used to create one of the most powerful substance abuse strategies in the world, the Good Behavior Game, or used to create one of NiDA's most powerful substance abuse treatment protocol. A slightly different recipe can be used in homes to reduce child-rearing problems or in the work place to improve productivity or decrease injuries.
Evidence-based kernels are the active ingredients of most evidence-based programs, but they are rarely denominated. Since kernels tend to produce immediately measurable benefits, practitioners can become more potent quickly. The fact that so many people can use the kernel also creates the possibility of a cultural shift.
In this workshop, Dr. Embry teach some basic kernels, the neuro and behavioral science behind them, and recipes for use in homes, schools, clinics and community settings. Participants will be able to learn to how to monitor the effects of those kernels, too.