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Behav. Sci. 2014, 4(3), 243-264; doi:10.3390/bs4030243
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Implementing an Assessment Clinic in a Residential PTSD Program

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Received: 22 May 2014; in revised form: 11 July 2014 / Accepted: 29 July 2014 / Published: 6 August 2014
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Abstract: Creating useful treatment plans can help improve services to consumers of mental health services. As more evidence-based practices are implemented, deciding what treatment, at what time, for whom becomes an important factor in facilitating positive outcomes. Readiness for trauma-focused treatments for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) such as Cognitive Processing Therapy or Prolonged Exposure Therapy may influence whether an individual can successfully complete either protocol. In addition, components of adjunctive therapies such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy or Dialectical Behavior Therapy may be useful in moving a particular patient toward readiness and successful completion of treatment. Psychological assessment adds valuable data to inform these types of treatment decisions. This paper describes the implementation of a psychological assessment clinic in a residential PTSD treatment setting. Barriers to implementation, use of the data, and Veterans’ reactions to the feedback provided to them are included.
Keywords: evidence-based assessment; implementation; PTSD residential treatment program evidence-based assessment; implementation; PTSD residential treatment program
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McDowell, J.; McManus, E.; Rodriguez, J.L. Implementing an Assessment Clinic in a Residential PTSD Program. Behav. Sci. 2014, 4, 243-264.

AMA Style

McDowell J, McManus E, Rodriguez JL. Implementing an Assessment Clinic in a Residential PTSD Program. Behavioral Sciences. 2014; 4(3):243-264.

Chicago/Turabian Style

McDowell, Joan; McManus, Eliza; Rodriguez, Jessica L. 2014. "Implementing an Assessment Clinic in a Residential PTSD Program." Behav. Sci. 4, no. 3: 243-264.

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