Online Training for Teachers Delivering Evidence-Based Preventive Interventions

Kimberly D. Becker, Jill Bohnenkamp, Celene Domitrovich, Jennifer P. Keperling, Nicholas S. Ialongo

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This study investigated the perceived feasibility and pattern of implementation following an online training for teachers delivering an integrated intervention encompassing two school-based universal preventive interventions: Promoting Alternative THinking Strategies (PATHS) curriculum and the PAX Good Behavior Game (GBG). Forty-five teachers from three urban elementary schools completed an online training consisting of didactics and video demonstration and received in-person coaching across a 31-week implementation period. Data from 65 teachers from three schools who received in-person training and coaching provided a benchmark for comparison. Most teachers in the online training + in-person coaching (OLT + IPC) condition reported that the technology was easy to use and that the course was as effective as an in-person workshop. Teachers in the OLT + IPC group reported positive attitudes regarding PATHS and the PAX GBG that generally were not significantly different from attitudes reported by teachers who received in-person training + in-person coaching (IPT + IPC). Importantly, teachers in the OLT + IPC condition achieved a high level of implementation quality similar to that demonstrated by teachers in the IPT + IPC condition. The frequency of intervention delivery by OLT + IPC teachers was also not significantly different than that of IPT + IPC teachers. These findings provide evidence that the internet is a promising component in a training sequence designed to teach teachers to deliver evidence-based preventive interventions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)225-236
Number of pages12
JournalSchool Mental Health
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2014


  • Good Behavior Game
  • Online training
  • Prevention
  • Teachers

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology


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