Suicide and Trauma Reduction Initiative for VEterans
The Suicide and Trauma Reduction Initiative for VEterans (STRIVE) project is a three-year treatment and training effort coordinated by the University of Utah’s National Center for Veterans Studies in partnership with the American Association of Suicidology and CBS Community Partnerships. STRIVE is made possible by a generous gift to the National Center for Veterans Studies from the Boeing Company.
STRIVE has two primary aims:
To provide in-depth training to licensed mental health professionals who work with service members and veterans to use the crisis response plan, a scientifically-supported method for suicide prevention among military personnel.
Cognitive Processing Therapy (or CPT)
The predominant treatment we use for PTSD is Cognitive Processing Therapy (or CPT). CPT has been found to be very effective and is one of only a few therapies endorsed by the DoD/VA and the Institute of Medicine. CPT is a 12 session treatment where you meet individually with one of our well-trained clinicians for 60-minute sessions. As a participant in our STRIVE program, to help us improve our treatment outcomes and better understand how to help people overcome PTSD, you’ll be enrolled in a research study. As part of this study, we’ll be conducting assessments with you and asking you to complete some questionnaires before, during, and after treatment. To determine your eligibility to participate in the study, you’ll need to complete a diagnostic screening interview with us to confirm your diagnosis of PTSD. You will be compensated for your time when completing post-treatment assessments.
Through STRIVE we are able to offer CPT in three different forms:
In a typical outpatient format, delivered 1-session per week in our offices at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, UT
For individuals in the Salt Lake City area, we offer individual treatment with one of our clinicians. You’ll meet weekly with a provider for 60 minutes over an approximate 3-month period.
As part of a two-week treatment program you meet with a clinician a daily basis in Salt Lake City, UT or Park City, UT
We offer a two-week, daily treatment program where you’ll meet individually with one of our clinicians for 12 sessions of CPT at our offices at the University of Utah. Food vouchers and lodging will be provided at a local hotel, and the train system provides free transportation throughout downtown Salt Lake City, providing you with access to our offices and local sights. Costs to participants include airfare and the cost of a rental car, if desired. Scholarships are available to help offset the cost of travel.
Family members are welcome to come out to Utah with study participants; however, we are unable to offer treatment for family members and participants are responsible for their family members’ airfare, food, cost of activities, and any additional lodging.
As part of a two-week treatment program you will meet with a clinician on a daily basis at the National Ability Center in Park City, UT
Participants may complete our R&R program, which lasts 2 weeks in duration and happens at the National Ability Center in Park City, Utah. You will meet individually with one of our clinicians each morning for 12 sessions of CPT. In the afternoons, you will also take part in a number of recreational activities (mountain biking, archery, hiking, etc). Lodging, food, activities, and airport transportation is provided free of cost. Costs to participants include airfare and the cost of a rental car, if desired. Scholarships are available to help offset the cost of travel.
Family members are welcome to come out to Utah with study participants; however, we are unable to offer treatment for family members and participants are responsible for their family members’ airfare, and cost of activities.
Treatment (Salt Lake City, UT): Treatment (Park City, UT):
Currently In Session: Now Signing Up for:
19 January - 1 February, 2020 8-21 March 2020
14-27 June, 2020 8-21 May, 2020
26 July - 8 August, 2020 14-27 June, 2020
4-17 October, 2020
Interested in Participating?
If you are interested in participating in the STRIVE PTSD treatment program, please complete the following form. One of our study staff members will be in touch within about a week to follow up with you and answer any questions you may have.
If you are located in the Salt Lake City area and are interested in treatment for mental health problems other than PTSD, read more about our clinic here.
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