The effective treatment of Substance Use Disorders (SUDs) faces many great challenges. Historically, these pitfalls have included low training standards, ambiguity of success, and the weight of stigma. Most behavioral health professionals are aware of these challenges. This presentation, however, will identify our most pressing concern: measurement. Our ability to measure and monitor treatment effect is directly proportional to the future growth of our practice. Unfortunately, the application of incongruent philosophical values (i.e. materialism and specificity) onto the behavioural sciences has severely hampered our ability to best measure patient change. These challenges have contributed to the greatest behavioural health pandemic of our time. Amidst these challenges, advances in both emerging technology accelerants and data science techniques has offered our field a unique opportunity. The same historical limitations of the behavioural sciences now offer unique advantage in catapulting our field into the current frontiers of information technology and behavioural science. This presentation will outline a comprehensive model of measurement that includes psychometrics, digital phenotyping, and neuroimaging. These emerging sciences applied into our practices can transform our field by increasing our capacity to identify severity profiles, optimise treatment dosage, and monitor patient change over-time. Applied examples currently leveraged within Cumberland Heights Foundation will be reviewed. The barriers and challenges associated with the adoption of these techniques will be emphasised.
1. Examine the historical context of behavioural health theory.
2. Identify emerging challenges facing behavioural health treatment practices.
3. Examine how new applications of old data science techniques and technology accelerants can transform our field.
4. Present brief overview of these techniques applied within the Cumberland Heights systems of care.
5. Provide three action-oriented steps for each audience member to consider within their own practice.