From programs for veterans experiencing substance-use issues or PTSD to interventions for perpetrators of domestic violence, IPRG research projects address the needs of underserved populations and assess whether certain programs are effective in changing behaviors or reducing the barriers for delivering and accessing services. IPRG is also a leader in the development and evaluation of treatments for cannabis disorder, with both adults and adolescents.
Soldiers experiencing post-traumatic stress (PTS) are the focus of one major IPRG initiative. With a substantial federal grant, the group developed a confidential way to reach military personnel who are troubled by a traumatic event. This creative “check-up” interview targets soldiers who may not see themselves as needing treatment but who realize that their lives are seriously off-track. In telephone counseling sessions, IPRG counselors help these individuals take stock of their actions and explore realistic options.