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Newsletter | Summer 2021 | South Central MIRECC

New Resource for Treating Anxiety and Related Disorders and Updated Guide for Brief Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Our Clinical Educator Grant program helps VISN 16 and 17 mental health providers create and share resources that improve treatment for rural and other Veterans who face barriers to care. We give these products to Veterans, VA providers, and the public for free. Visit our Clinical Educator Products webpage to access all of our products.

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An All-Encompassing Approach to Treating Anxiety and Related Disorders: A Safety Aid Reduction Treatment Manual (START)

Developed by Amanda M. Raines, PhD, Joseph W. Boffa, PhD, Jason T. Goodson, PhD, C. Laurel Franklin, PhD, and Norman B. Schmidt, PhD

This manual is designed to be used by clinicians who have experience delivering cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). The manual provides implementation guidelines for this transdiagnostic treatment, which is designed to target various anxiety and related disorders via the identification and elimination of safety aids. This treatment program consists of 10 weekly, group-based sessions, each lasting one hour.

The manual is divided into chapters, each corresponding to a treatment session. Each chapter includes a materials list, session outline, treatment information and techniques, as well as homework. It will be important to monitor Veterans’ progress throughout treatment and share the results with them to assess their progress over time. This can be accomplished by having Veterans complete disorder- specific self-report measures at regular intervals in addition to the provided "Safety Behavior Assessment Form." Given the importance of therapeutic rapport to treatment success, it will be essential to foster an environment in which the Veteran feels safe and respected.

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A Provider's Guide to Brief Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Developed by Jeffrey A. Cully, PhD, Darius B. Dawson, PhD, Joshua Hamer, PhD, and Andra L. Teten, PhD

The updated version (second edition) of the Provider’s Guide to Brief Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (bCBT) was completed in 2021. Revisions and expansions included the following:

  • Previous content was updated and aligned with current literature including updated supplemental readings.
  • NEW Modules were developed to address current and emerging clinical applications and include:
    • Module 5: Cultural Considerations in Therapy
    • Module 6: Using Technology for Distance-Based Therapy
    • Module 14: Exposure Therapy in Brief CBT
    • Module 17: Adaptations of bCBT for Special Clinical Populations (e.g. Military Populations, Older Adults, Medically Ill, and Cognitively Impaired populations)

Last updated: July 28, 2021