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Mil Med. 2012 Sep;177(9):1049-57.

Substance abuse counselor and client reports of mental health screening and enhanced practices.

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  • 1Behavioral Sciences and Epidemiology Department, Naval Health Research Center, 140 Sylvester Road, San Diego, CA 92106-3521, USA.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

The objective of this study was to examine mental health screening practices and attitudes from both counselor and client perspectives in the U.S. Marine Corps substance abuse program.

METHOD:

This study examined mental health screening practices and attitudes of 23 substance abuse counselors and 442 clients from six Marine Corps substance abuse counseling centers.

RESULTS:

After receiving training on screening and enhanced counseling practices, 76% of counselors reported that they almost always screened their clients for post-traumatic stress symptoms. Seventy-three percent of clients agreed that substance abuse counselors should ask about their clients' stress concerns.

CONCLUSION:

Overall, implementing screening for common mental disorders was feasible in this setting. Counselors may need further support to increase collaboration with mental health professionals and adapt treatment plans to address co-occurring mental health conditions.

PMID:
23025134
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