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Psychiatric Services Editor Lisa Dixon, M.D., M.P.H., and Podcast Editor and co-host Josh Berezin, M.D., M.S., discuss key aspects of research recently published by Psychiatric Services. Tune in to learn about the latest mental health services research and why it is relevant. Topics include community-based treatment programs, collaborative care, evidence-based treatment and service delivery, criminal and social justice, policy analysis, and more.

Feb 28, 2022

Daniel M. Blonigen, Ph.D. joins Dr. Dixon and Dr. Berezin to discuss implementing moral reconation therapy (MRT) in a noncorrectional setting among justice-involved veterans receiving residential mental health treatment in the U.S. Veterans Health Administration with an aim towards reducing criminal recidivism.  Dr. Blonigen is an Associate Director at the Center for Innovation to Implementation, VA Palo Alto Health Care System, in Palo Alto, California.

  • Blonigen interview [00:55]
  • Veterans Justice programs [02:29]
  • Moral reconation therapy (MRT) [03:18]
  • Treatments for criminal recidivism? [04:24]
  • A group based, cognitive behavioral intervention [05:13]
  • The structure of MRT [06:22]
  • How does MRT avoid implying there’s one right way to live? [10:10]
  • MRT in a residential mental health setting [12:58]
  • A hybrid trial design [15:47]
  • Bringing together research and implementation [18:38]
  • What did the participants think of MRT? [19:09]
  • Listening to people who didn’t engage [20:34]
  • Barriers to MRT implementation [23:23]
  • Does MRT overlap with other treatments in residential settings? [25:30]
  • What’s the next step? [27:16]

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