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A Web-Based Platform to Support an Evidence-Based Mental Health Intervention: Lessons From the CBITS Web Site
Pamela Vona, M.A.; Pete Wilmoth, M.S.W., M.P.A.; Lisa H. Jaycox, Ph.D.; Janey S. McMillen, Ph.D.; Sheryl H. Kataoka, M.D., M.S.H.S.; Marleen Wong, Ph.D.; Melissa E. DeRosier, Ph.D.; Audra K. Langley, Ph.D.; Joshua Kaufman, L.C.S.W.; Lingqi Tang, Ph.D.; Bradley D. Stein, M.D., Ph.D.
Psychiatric Services 2014; doi: 10.1176/appi.ps.201300512
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Ms. Vona and Dr. Wong are with the School of Social Work, University of Southern California, Los Angeles (e-mail: pamelayo@usc.edu). Mr. Wilmoth and Dr. Stein are with the RAND Corporation, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Dr. Stein is also with the Department of Psychiatry, University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Jaycox is with the RAND Corporation, Arlington, Virginia. Dr. McMillen and Dr. DeRosier are with the 3C Institute for Social Development, Cary, North Carolina. Dr. Kataoka, Dr. Langley, and Dr. Tang are with the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, University of California, Los Angeles. Mr. Kaufman is with the Los Angeles Unified School District, Los Angeles.

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Objective  To explore the role of Web-based platforms in behavioral health, the study examined usage of a Web site for supporting training and implementation of an evidence-based intervention.

Methods  Using data from an online registration survey and Google Analytics, the investigators examined user characteristics and Web site utilization.

Results  Site engagement was substantial across user groups. Visit duration differed by registrants’ characteristics. Less experienced clinicians spent more time on the Web site. The training section accounted for most page views across user groups. Individuals previously trained in the Cognitive-Behavioral Intervention for Trauma in Schools intervention viewed more implementation assistance and online community pages than did other user groups.

Conclusions  Web-based platforms have the potential to support training and implementation of evidence-based interventions for clinicians of varying levels of experience and may facilitate more rapid dissemination. Web-based platforms may be promising for trauma-related interventions, because training and implementation support should be readily available after a traumatic event.

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Table 1CBITS Web site usage, by user characteristics, July 2011 through June 2012a
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a CBITS, Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Trauma in Schools

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b Cognitive-behavioral therapy



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