Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia United States
The dramatic increase in the number of active duty soldiers identified with PTSD has produced an urgent need to train military mental health providers in how to effectively deliver short-term, efficacious, evidence-based treatments EBTs for PTSD. Prolonged exposure PE has gained the most empirical evidence for its efficacy and has many characteristics that render it an excellent candidate for dissemination it is effective with a wide range of PTSD sufferers, it is relatively easy to learn and deliver, and it is preferred by patients over some other treatments. Research indicates that case consultation after participation in a workshop plays an important role in training mental health professionals to successfully implementing EBTs. However, consultation requires a greater investment of resources than a one-time workshop. Thus, it is critical to determine whether consultation increases the success of disseminating and implementing long-term sustainability of PE services.