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Efficacy of a Web-Based Intervention for Concerned Spouses of Service Members and Veterans with Alcohol Misuse

About the Course:

The behavioral health of spouses/partners of members of the military with alcohol abuse can be a focus of addressing a larger problem of substance abuse in the military. This is a qualitative research study that measures the efficacy of a set of online treatment modules for improving behavioral health and communication skills of spouses/partners of military service people with some level of alcohol abuse. Implications for further use of online treatment programs for underserved populations, such as spouses of military personnel, are offered by the authors of this study.

Publication Date:

2018

Course Material Authors

Karen Chan Osilla, PhD

Karen Chan Osilla is a senior behavioral scientist and clinical psychologist at the RAND Corporation and a member of the Pardee RAND Graduate School faculty. She has been involved in over a dozen clinical trials evaluating cognitive behavioral therapy and motivational interviewing (web and in-person) for mental health and substance use disorders among youth, adult, military, and other underserved populations. She has published over 90 peer-reviewed articles on this research and trains across the country on cognitive behavioral therapy and motivational interviewing approaches to prevent and reduce the harms associated with substance use.

Thomas E. Trail, PhD

Thomas E. Trail is a┬ábehavioral scientist at the RAND Corporation. Trail’s research focuses on how stress affects relationship processes and health outcomes among military and civilian couples and the effectiveness of programs in mitigating family stress. Current research projects he is leading include the Today’s Army Spouse Survey assessing the needs of Army spouses and their families and whether those needs are being met by Army and civilian services, an evaluation of the effectiveness of online peer support communities for improving the health and well-being of caregivers for ill or wounded veterans, and an evaluation of the Department of Defense programs that provide counseling services to military service members and their families.

Eric R. Petersen, PhD

Eric R. Pedersen is a senior behavioral scientist at the RAND Corporation. His research interests are primarily in the areas of young adult/adolescent alcohol use and comorbid mental health disorders. Pedersen has received funding to develop brief, online interventions to reduce alcohol misuse among young adult populations such as college students and recently discharged veterans. He is interested in finding ways to target comorbid Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and substance use disorders among active duty and young adult veterans, as well as using internet-based methods to help reduce alcohol misuse and promote treatment engagement among non-treatment-seeking young adults.

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Counselors, marriage and family therapists, psychologists and social workers. This course is appropriate for all levels of knowledge. This content is at a beginning level.

Course Objectives:

  1. To identify problem areas in access of military spouses/partners to good behavioral health treatment

  2. To describe benefits and drawbacks of the use of online treatment modules for the behavioral health of spouses/partners of military service people with alcohol abuse

  3. To identify areas of improvement for the use of online treatment modules for client populations with obstacles to more traditional treatment modalities

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Course Number 102816
1.25 credit hour
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