SPARCS Cohort 12Triangle, Statewide

Applications for SPARCS Cohort 12 have closed – applications for Cohort 13 will be released in Spring 2025.

Structured Psychotherapy for Adolescents Responding to Chronic Stress (SPARCS) Learning Collaboratives train teams from community based mental health agencies. Our model relies on clinicians training together with an administrative leader from their agency to ensure successful implementation and sustainability.

SPARCS Learning Collaboratives include 6 face-to-face training days (or 12 virtual training half days), with bi-weekly group consultation calls and monthly implementation team calls between training dates. In order to graduate, trainees must complete a full course of SPARCS with at least 2 clients.

Who Should Apply?

  • Applicants are encouraged to apply as part of a team, which can bolster clinical implementation and model sustainability efforts both during and after the training period.
  • When reviewing applications, preference will be given to committed teams with a highly supportive Senior Leader.

Team Member Requirements

SPARCS groups are usually led by 1 Group Facilitator and 1 Group Support OR 2 Group Facilitators.  Agency teams are led by 1 or more Senior Leaders.

Group Facilitator (clinician):

  • Responsible for leading SPARCS groups;
  • Holds a Master’s degree and professional licensure in a mental health or allied field;
  • Committed to timely and ongoing client identification and documentation;
  • Attends all face-to-face learning sessions and participates in bi-weekly, 60-minute consultation calls;
  • Committed to regular meetings with the agency team (at least monthly).

Group Support:

  • Responsible for assisting the Group Facilitator in running SPARCS groups;
  • Helps plan for group sessions (e.g., identifying appropriate activities, gathering materials and snacks, making copies of handouts);
  • Assists with group activities (e.g., taking attendance, contributing to the discussion and overall flow of the group);
  • Provides support to group members during group (e.g., assisting in management of behavior problems);
  • Attends all face-to-face learning sessions and encouraged to participate in bi-weekly, 60-minute consultation calls;
  • Committed to regular meetings with the agency team (at least monthly).

Senior Leader:

  • Responsible for supporting and overseeing SPARCS implementation;
  • Has authority to make decisions within the agency regarding time and resources;
  • Attends all face-to-face learning sessions and participates in monthly, 30-minute senior leader calls;
  • Committed to regular meetings with the agency team (at least monthly).

Application Dates

Application Release

March 8th 2024

Information Calls

March 21st 2024 10:00 – 11:00 am EST

Register in advance for this meeting

April 11th 2024 12:00 – 1:00 pm EST

Register in advance for this meeting

Application Due Date

May 3rd 2024

Acceptance Notification

May 17th 2024

Apply Online

Clinician Application

Group Support Application

Senior Leader Application

Training Dates

Welcome Call

September 5th, 2024 12:00-1:00pm EST

Virtual Orientation

September 11th – 12th 2024, 8:30 am – 12:30 pm EST

In-person Learning Session 1

October 9th – 10th 2024, 8:30 am – 5:00 pm EST

In-person Learning Session 2

December 11th – 12th 2024, 8:30 am – 5:00 pm EST

Virtual Learning Session 3

 

 

 

March 12th – 13th 2024, 8:30 am – 12:30 pm EST

 

 

Fees

Group Facilitator  Tuition

$1,500

Group Support Tuition

$300

Senior Leader Tuition

Free

Other costs

Staff time for 4 virtual half-days

Staff time and travel costs for 4 days of in person training in Durham, NC

Staff time to meet other training requirements (e.g., client screening and assessment; at least weekly SPARCS sessions, planning time, and data collection; biweekly consultation calls, and at least monthly implementation team meetings)

Space or digital platform, materials, snacks, and incentives for 16 sessions of each SPARCS group

Audio or video resources to record and submit sessions for fidelity monitoring

Reach out to learn more

Contact us to learn more about participating in upcoming SPARCS training opportunities