Background: Universities provide access to services for a wide range of mental health concerns, including increasingly prevalent trauma-related difficulties among students who are survivors of sexual assault, veterans, and active-duty military service members. There is a wealth of clinical effectiveness research (CER) on trauma-focused interventions (TF-EBTs) in many other settings, but a disconnect between research and practice exists at university counseling centers (UCCs). Little is known about the state of the dissemination of CER for treating college students, the effectiveness of trauma-focused interventions in UCC settings, or how knowledge of these interventions informs collaborative treatment decisions among UCCs, students, and other campus services.
Proposed Solution to the Problem: This engagement project endeavors to bring together stakeholders in the Pacific Northwest to create a learning community that will clarify the current knowledge and use of CER on trauma-focused interventions on campus and develop a pathway to dissemination. This project bridges the gap between research and practice common in UCCs and connects the various campus departments and outside agencies that serve traumatized students.
Objectives: Engaged stakeholders will form a multidisciplinary Trauma-Focused Care on Campuses Learning Community (TFCC-LC) to identify the evidence-based trauma-focused interventions appropriate to the college context and create a strategic plan for adapting and disseminating them to participating campuses. This effort aims to facilitate trauma-focused competency among campus mental health professionals and to evaluate the effectiveness of the dissemination and implementation (D&I) effort of the project to share with other institutions.
Activities: The TFCC-LC, composed of stakeholders from two local universities, will meet regularly to gather information about trauma-focused CER, issues affecting D&I on college campuses, and other topics identified by the group. The TFCC-LC will adapt selected TF-EBTs and create a D&I plan for campuses. The two universities will implement the D&I model developed, and the TFCC-LC will assess its effectiveness.
- Reciprocal sharing of stakeholder expertise to increase TFCC learning committee members’ knowledge about the end users’ needs, values, motivations, and expectations of TF-EBTs on college campuses. The members can then serve as conduits to the expansion of this knowledge to their respective professional communities.
- Adapted TF-EBTs that are effective for treating college students with trauma and a D&I model for these interventions.
- An engaged and motivated community of stakeholders that builds capacity to promote D&I of the adapted TF-EBT in the Pacific Northwest region and a consultation team for sharing these findings with other institutions locally and nationally.
Patient and Stakeholder Engagement Plan: Students, clinicians, administrators, student life professionals, representatives from community organizations, trainers, and researchers will all come together on the TFCC-LC to learn from each other and collaboratively work toward project objectives.
Project Collaborators: This project is a collaboration of psychologists and staff from Pacific Lutheran University, the University of Washington, VA Puget Sound Health Care System, VA Boston Healthcare System Women’s Health Sciences Division, and Rebuilding Hope Sexual Assault Center Pierce County.