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Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services, 2022;60(2):15–19
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A training and coaching team embarked on a training and technical assistance program evaluation project to examine the development of a tool used to determine the impact of training on staff and families serving youth with behavioral health challenges and their families. The training evaluation project centered on the development of a tool to examine the impact of training on trainee attitudes. The current article provides an overview of the development of the Nurtured Heart Approach® (NHA) Questionnaire to help support training and technical assistance implementation efforts by nursing and other trainers interested in best practice approaches to empower youth with behavioral health challenges. The questionnaire was found to be internally consistent and to have relatively stable, empirically derived factors consistent with the NHA model, but differing somewhat from the theoretically derived “Stands,” or areas of emphasis. The questionnaire is sensitive to changes in attitude resulting from the NHA training. Therefore, it would a viable, practical instrument to test staff acquisition of NHA–related attitudes. [Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services, 60(2), 15–19.]

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