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Establishing a New Military Sexual Trauma Treatment Program: Issues and Recommendations for Design and Implementation

Article

This article presents a review of issues and considerations when developing a comprehensive military sexual trauma (MST) treatment programme to fit within the US context and that is sensitive to the specific needs and circumstances of people living in Biloxi, Mississippi.

Abstract

This article presents a review of issues and considerations when developing a comprehensive military sexual trauma (MST) treatment program. A review of the current literature was conducted, which we argue is the first step in informing programmatic design. Next, information on how to obtain local public data and then a description of how we used this information to design the new MST program at our facility are discussed. Our clinic design reflects best practice while simultaneously incorporating real-world information and will be more likely to positively influence overall care to patients. As such, we recommend that clinicians involved in clinic development will use this process as a model for successful clinic planning and program development.

Full Reference

Johnson, N. L., Robinett, S., Smith, L. M. and Cardin, S. (2015). Establishing a new military sexual trauma treatment program: Issues and recommendations for design and implementation. Psychological Services, 12(4), 435-442.