seeking safety in veterans affairs and department of defense
Seeking Safety in VA
- Seeking Safety has been used in the VA since the mid 1990's and is currently implemented in most VAs around the country. It has been effectively used with both men and women veterans (the model is designed for both genders), at all levels of care, by all types of clinicians, in group or individual format. It is a highly flexible model, allowing use in as short or long a timeframe as you have available, by any clinician in any type of VA program. The model has also been studied in several VA research projects (see Outcomes for more on these).
- The model was originally designed for clients with PTSD and substance abuse, but has been used in VA with a broader range of clients (just one or the other disorder, a history of one or the other, etc.). Because it focuses on coping skills in the present, it has no known adverse consequences and thus can be used from the start of treatment entry, with any client.
- Lisa Najavits has been a clinical research psychologist at VA Boston since 2004. Contact Lisa within the VA at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Many DoD programs have been trained in Seeking Safety and/or use it
- Lisa Najavits developed the name Seeking Strength for military settings when
- As part of a DoD study of Seeking Safety [site]
- An abstract describes a study of Seeking Safety at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center