SBHG Certified TIP Model™ Site-Based Trainer serves as a trainer for Transition Facilitators and other transition-related personnel on the TIP Model™ at an agency or collaborative of community agencies that are adopting and sustaining the TIP Model™. The goal is to establish Site-Based Trainers (SBTs) to be able to conduct training on the TIP Model™ principles and practices to maintain a TIP Model™ initiative with the site agency(ies) -- and to present TIP Model™ Orientation Workshops with associated partner organizations or potential partner organizations to acquaint personnel and other stakeholders with the TIP Model™ initiative. Full implementation of the TIP Model™ at new sites (agencies) requires periodic pairing of the Site-Based Trainer with a Certified TIP Model™ Consultant who, in addition to the “training” competencies, has extensive expertise and experience in implementation strategies at the practice, program, and systems levels.
Selection of Apprentices. Apprentices seeking to become Site-Based Trainers are jointly selected by the agency and the TIP Model™ Consultant serving the site for TIP model implementation. The fact that an individual is interested in, and/or is selected to be mentored, does not guarantee that this Apprentice will become a SBHG Certified TIP Model™ Site-Based Trainer. Overtime, the primary Consultant will monitor competency development of the Apprentice – both with respect to the TIP Model™ and functioning as an effective trainer. The Apprentice is generally supervised by a manager at a transition agency or collaborative site (or by a manager at the state level, in the case of a state-wide initiative). If the Apprentice is co-supervised by a local agency manager and also by a regional/state manager for the TIP Model™ training activities, then both supervisors should be involved and named. Although supervision is site-based, the Apprentice and his/her supervisor(s) need to be attentive to guidance, feedback, and recommendations from the primary TIP Model™ Consultant and the Chair of the SBHG Certification Board.
Individuals selected as Apprentices to pursue Site-Based Trainer certification are to be 18 years or older and have had extensive experience in working with youth, young adults, and/or families with multi-system needs and challenges. Preference in selecting individuals as Apprentices will also include having graduate degrees in fields relevant to mental health, behavioral sciences, applied behavior analysis, and/or social services. However, a graduate degree does not necessarily translate into one being “professionally responsive”, competent in the TIP Model™, or proficient as a “trainer.”
Young Adult Peer. A young adult peer who is 18 years or over may be considered as an Apprentice for becoming a Site-Based Associate Trainer at a site where he/she will be paired with one or more Certified TIP Model™ Site-Based Trainers. This also assumes that all of the above criteria are met except for the preference for graduate training and “extensive” years of work experience. A young adult will only be considered if the primary Consultant to the site and the site supervisor (and if available a Site-Based Trainer or Site-Based Apprentice) advocate for this young adult – stating in writing the reasons why this young person should be considered as an Apprentice for Site-Based Associate Trainer. Please understand that the SBHG Certification Board will only approve a young adult for pursuing Site-Based Associate Trainer status who is committed to achieving adequate proficiencies. There are challenges and liability issues that TIP Model™ implementation presents that take years of experience and education to address appropriately. Nevertheless, the Board will value having a young adult peer serving as Site-Based Associate Trainer at a TIP Model™ site where he/she is paired with a Certified TIP Model™ Site-Based Trainer.
The process to become a SBHG Certified TIP Model™ Site-Based Trainer is a sequential process through which a selected professional is coached by a Certified TIP Model™ Consultant to ensure that the Apprentice has demonstrated the content knowledge, training and consulting expertise, and related proficiencies essential to training personnel at sites in the TIP Model™ guidelines and associated practices.
Qualifications: To qualify to become a SBHG Certified TIP Model™ Site-Based Trainer, an Apprentice must:
NOTE: The SBHG Certification Board may have to occasionally revise or update the provisions of the certification process based on new information it has learned related to ensuring effective implementation of the TIP Model™. Such changes will become effective immediately, but will not affect the current 1-year term of a Site-Based Associate, Apprentice, or Trainer.
Phases in Being Considered for SBHG Certified TIP Model™ Site-Based Trainer Status
Prior to making a decision about pursuing TIP Model™ SBT status, please make sure you and your supervisor(s) review this SBT Protocol and the SBT 2 Application so that you fully understand the purpose, responsibilities, obligations, and provisions of SBT status.
Transition to Independence Process (TIP) Model™
Hewitt B. "Rusty" Clark, Ph.D., BCBA
Chair, SBHG TIP Model™ Certification Board
Joseph Solomita, LCSW
Director, SBHG Stars Academy
Stars Behavioral Health Group
1501 Hughes Way
Long Beach, CA 90810
Phone: (310) 221-6336, ext. 109
Fax: (310) 221-6350
Stars Behavioral Health Group (SBHG) is the Purveyor of the Transition to Independence Process (TIP) Model™, an evidence-supported practice for improving the progress and outcomes of youth and young adults (14-29 years old) with emotional/behavioral difficulties (EBD). The Purveyor functions for the implementation of the TIP Model™ in communities across the US and internationally are managed through the SBHG Stars Training Academy. For more information, please visit the TIP Model™ website www.TIPstars.org