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Becoming a Responsible Teen (BART)

Implementation Requirements and Guidance

Program Structure and Timeline

BART program structure includes the following:

  • The program is delivered in 8 weekly 90-120-minute sessions.
  • When focusing on skill development, participants may be separated by gender.
  • The program should be implemented in a non-school setting.
  • Parental consent and support should be obtained prior to delivering the program.

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Staffing

Two co-leaders, one male and one female, should facilitate the classes. Providers should select program leaders who are as similar to youth as possible and have credibility with youth.

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Program Materials and Resources

Core intervention materials are the Leader's Guide, Student Workbooks, and The Monster DVD from Scenarios USA.

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Additional Needs for Implementation

None specified

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Fidelity

ETR provides a fidelity log, adaptation kit, a BART Student Knowledge Survey that can be administered as a pre-test/post-test, and a survey answer key. These materials can be found here: http://www.etr.org/ebi/programs/becoming-a-responsible-teen/.

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Training and Staff Support

Staff Training:

It is recommended that educators who plan to teach BART receive research-based professional development to prepare them to effectively implement the curriculum with its intended target group. Training on BART is available through ETR’s Professional Learning Services. Training options include:

  1. Two-day Training of Educators (TOE)—the learning process includes pre-work, skill-based instruction and post-training follow-up support.
  2. Four-day Training of Trainers (TOT)—available for seasoned trainers who have experience in delivering the intervention. Completion entitles participants to use ETR’s research-based training designs to conduct TOEs for their organization or designated affiliate group. TOT attendees who have completed the four-day TOT are eligible to attend a condensed TOT course on additional EBIs.

Technical Assistance and Ongoing Support:

ETR provides in-person and web- or phone-based technical assistance before, during and/or after program implementation. TA is tailored to the needs of the site and is designed to support quality assurance, trouble-shoot adaptation issues, and boost implementation.   ETR also provides evaluation support for EBI implementation. Services address process and outcome evaluation and include assistance with evaluation planning, instrument design and development, implementation fidelity, data management and analysis, performance measurement, continuous quality improvement (CQI) protocols, and effective tools and strategies for reporting results.

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Allowable Adaptations

In-depth adaptation guidelines and tools are available through ETR at the following link: http://www.etr.org/ebi/programs/becoming-a-responsible-teen/.

Examples of allowable adaptations include updating statistics or facts; lengthening skills-based classes beyond 90-minutes without cutting the number of classes; and tailoring the content (e.g. for visual learners or particular gender or racial/ethnic groups).

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