The "research-to-practice" gap is a problem that the field of medicine faces regarding disseminating findings from research into the field of practice. The traditional methods of disseminating best practices, using workshops and manuals, has been found to be ineffective. Several more active learning strategies, such as the use of behavioral models and behavioral rehearsals have been suggested as possible alternatives that may increase transfer of knowledge after a training. Additionally, web-based trainings have been suggested as another possible avenue for increasing dissemination of evidence-based practices. This is particularly important for evidence-based treatments such as Exposure Therapy for PTSD which suffers a "public relations problem" in the field of mental health. This study examined the utility of using a video model to disseminate the skill of fear hierarchy construction for patients with PTSD. Analyses were conducted using a moderated mediation model looking at how video modeling or script condition moderate the relationship between condition and change in self-efficacy, and if this change mediates the relationship between condition and change in fear hierarchy skill. Self-efficacy and positive attitudes toward exposure therapy were increased, however, there was no connection between treatment condition and change in skill. The study's findings suggest that short online trainings may be effective at reducing negative attitudes toward EBTs, and at increasing self-efficacy for a related skill of fear hierarchy construction.
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Master of Science (M.S.)
College of Sciences
Psychology; Clinical Psychology
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Matsumiya, Brandon, "A Randomized Control Trial of Video Modeling for Enacting Skill Change in a Group of Trainee Therapists" (2019). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 6531.