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A Rapid and Revolutionary Response to the Needs of Wounded Warriors
Annual rept. 30 Sep 2010-29 Sep 2011
UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA LOS ANGELES SCHOOL OF SOCIAL WORK
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This research project, conducted under the auspices of the USC Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans and Military Families CIR, aims to develop and test methods for rapidly increasing the number of behavioral health professionals who are prepared to effectively treat mental health challenges among service members, veterans, and their families. Project objectives include 1 Development and delivery of four full online military social work courses and related training modules for experienced mental health clinicians in order to increase trainees knowledge of military mental health issues compared with standard training and 2 Development of two virtual patients and a virtual family to approximate real world clinical interactions and facilitate more rapid acquisition of practice experience. Strong progress has been made towards meeting both objectives, with course development nearly complete, and initial course testing demonstrating gains in trainee knowledge and receiving positive evaluation on a variety of dimensions. A first matched comparison-group impact study has just been launched. Virtual Patient development continues to progress, with user testing yielding valuable information.
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