Program Evaluation and Research

 

 

The Veterans Transition Program (VTP) was first delivered as a research project to investigate new methods of helping Canadian Forces Veterans to reduce and cope with symptoms of operational stress injuries and transition more successfully into civilian life.

 

 

 

In 2012, Dr. Daniel W. Cox, a UBC professor, began conducting an ongoing program evaluation of the VTP in line with the standards used by Veterans Affairs Canada and the Department of National Defence.

 

 

Since the development and delivery of the first VTP in 1998, numerous research papers and books have been published on our therapeutic model and its effects on Veterans who complete the program.

Each VTP has a comprehensive research package given out immediately before, after and at 3, 12 and 18 months following the program. Our program evaluation assesses constructs that have been linked with veterans transition.

These include indicators of quality of life (e.g. life satisfaction, work satisfaction), interpersonal well being (e.g. relationship satisfaction, social support), and ability to cope with life stressors (e.g. emotion regulation, problem solving).

We also included measure of psychological and psychiatric distress, ranging from general measures of psychological/emotions functioning (e.g., Outcome Questionnaire-45) to measures of specific psychiatric symptoms (e.g., PTSD, depression, suicidality).

Outcomes

The most recent data analysis performed in August 2018 included data collected from 340 program participants across 62 programs from 2012-2018. Included here are just a few highlights.

24% increase in life satisfaction

65% decrease in depressive symptoms

24% increase in self-esteem

34% increase in sleep quality

36% decrease in suicidal ideation

We pride ourselves by offering Veterans the only evidence-based transition program in Canada.

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