Wednesday, December 16, 2015

UCLA-developed Resilience Program, Here We Go Again!

It doesn't take a genius to figure out that "resilience" does not work. If it did then the number of suicide would have gone down after all these years for service members as well as in the Veterans Community. It seems that the folks at UCLA are still waiting for one since they haven't figured out much at all.

YEP~ Here we go again!
Military families benefit from UCLA-developed resilience program
FOCUS helps participants cope with the many stresses of multiple deployments and combat-related injuries
UCLA Newsroom
Meg Sullivan
December 15, 2015

Across the U.S., families of troops serving in Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, Uganda and other hot spots are emailing photos of their holiday feasts to their loved ones overseas — and asking them to respond with pictures of their own holiday celebrations.

The strategy is part of a UCLA-developed program aimed at easing the wear and tear on military families who are grappling with challenges of multiple deployments and combat-related injuries, all of which can stir destructive and difficult-to-control emotions.

“It’s really important to somehow keep the deployed parent salient in the minds of their children, and to incorporate the absent parent into holiday rituals,” said Catherine Mogil, a UCLA child psychologist.

A new study about that program shows that it really does help improve people’s ability to bounce back from challenges. The report will be published in the January issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

A team of 12 researchers from UCLA, Harvard University and the military found that the FOCUS program reduced by one-half the number of troops, spouses and children suffering from the most problematic psychological and emotional symptoms. And the improvements actually increased over time.

“We knew we were doing good work at the military bases because we could feel it, but it’s really exciting to have such strong data demonstrating the power of the program,” said Mogil, a co-author of the study and director of training and intervention development at the Nathanson Family Resilience Center at UCLA.
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So in other words, after all the money and time has been lost, expect a repeat of the outcomes. It didn't work in 2009 when this happy horseshit started under "Comprehensive Soldier Fitness" was being pushed and oh, by the way, is still being pushed, and it work work now.

Comprehensive Soldier Fitness not reviewed before 1 million troops trained
The largest of these initiatives is the Army's Comprehensive Soldier Fitness (CSF) program, which has been disseminated to more than 1 million soldiers.

However, to date, CSF has not been independently and objectively reviewed, and the degree to which it successfully promotes adaptive outcomes and prevents the development of deployment-related mental health disorders such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is uncertain. This paper critically evaluates the theoretic foundation for and evidence supporting the use of CSF.

This crap didn't work on the non-deployed but they expected it to work on those with multiple deployments? OMG!
Comprehensive Solider Fitness increased suicide warning ignored