CPT in Rape Crisis Centers

Tonya Edmond, Principal Investigator

Washington University in St. Louis

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The STRONG STAR Training Initiative is partnering with Dr. Tonya Edmond at Washington University on this research project. Dr. Edmond studying different methods to train counselors in Rape Crisis Centers to implement Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT). Dr. Edmonds is comparing No Training, Workshop + Consultation to the STRONG STAR Training Initiative Learning Community Training Model. Dr. Dondanville and the Training Initiative team is collaborating on providing CPT Trainings, CPT Consultation and Organizational Consultation and support.

STRONG STAR Texas Training Initiative


The STRONG STAR Training Initiative launched in 2017 through a grant from the Texas Health and Human Services, Texas Veteran + Family Alliance Grant Program and a grant from the Bob Woodruff Foundation. The Texas Training Initiative's goal was to disseminate evidence-based treatments (EBTs) for PTSD to veteran-serving community providers across the state of Texas through comprehensive competency-building Learning Communities. In one year, the Training Initiative hosted 9 Learning Communities in Austin, San Antonio, Dallas, Houston, Corpus Christi, and San Marcus training over 250 mental health providers in Cognitive Processing Therapy and Prolonged Exposure. Providers participated in pre-workshop learning, a 2-day in-person workshop, weekly group telephone consultation, and a Provider Portal with online resources for implementing EBTs, videos, webinars, and client tracking tools. Over the course of the 1 year project, providers implemented EBTs for PTSD with 579 veterans, service members, veteran/military family members, and civilians with PTSD. Providers submitted de-identified client outcome data. PTSD Symptoms (PCL-5) and Depression Symptoms (PHQ-9) were assessed for clients before treatment, during treatment, and post-treatment. Clients reported moderate levels of PTSD symptoms (M = 55.5) and moderate to severe depression symptoms (M=18.5) prior to starting treatment. After completing EBT for PTSD, clients reported significant changes in PTSD symptoms (M= 29.9) and depression symptoms (M=10.6).

STRONG STAR National Training Initiative


In 2017, we received funding from the Bob Woodruff Foundation to expand the Training Initiative from Texas nationally. The Training Initiative hosted regional Learning Communities in New York, Florida, Washington, Illinois, Colorado and Texas training over 200 veteran-serving mental health providers from 23 states (Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Montana, North Carolina, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, Texas, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin.) and 1 TRICARE provider in the United Kingdom. Providers are continuing to implement EBTs with their clients and data collection is ongoing.

STRONG STAR Training Initiative


Through a grant through the Bob Woodruff Foundation, we are able to continue implementing Learning Communities for EBTs for PTSD. Mental health providers who are treating veterans and military service members in community setting (non-federal facility) are eligible to apply to upcoming learning communities.