One of Dr. Brett Litz' BVARI-assisted treatment studies is a pilot program designed to help Marines adapt to combat and operational stress and trauma. This study, entitled "Promoting Recovery from Combat Stress Injury: Adaptive Disclosure Training Program for Marines," is a cognitive-behavioral treatment that targets traumatic loss, moral injury, and life-threat combat trauma. The program has enjoyed very good initial success: 21 Marines have successfully completed the brief 6-session intervention being provided at Camp Pendleton, CA. This pilot study will inform future treatments for military personnel struggling with combat and operational stress, grief, and guilt.
In general, Dr. Litz' research focuses on the dissemination of evidence-informed treatments for PTSD for service members and veterans reluctant to seek care and for active-duty contexts where care is not readily available. Dr. Litz is committed to developing and testing innovative ways to disseminate PTSD treatments in ways that are sensitive to the military culture. For example, Dr. Litz developed a web-based self-management treatment for PTSD for service members, called DESTRESS. Dr. Litz is currently developing and piloting several novel web-based interventions for service members and new veterans. One is for Marines struggling with PTSD and traumatic loss and another is designed to assist the Wounded Warrior Project Foundation to help new veterans stay connected and manage various post-deployment problems. These websites are planned to go live next year.
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