MINNEAPOLIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--UfaceME, Inc. and RS EDEN announce plans for a joint one-year study that both organizations believe will illuminate new paths to treatment and lasting recovery from substance use disorder (SUD).
In this setting, UfaceME utilizes a new way to facilitate the relational process between counselor and client that employs computer-based technology and supports equal perspectives in face-to-face dialogue. RS EDEN, a non-profit organization since 1971, has utilized the UfaceME process within the past year with positive response from clients.
The aim of the comprehensive study will be to document and evaluate the implementation, utilization, and integration of the proprietary UfaceME method into a residential treatment program for co-occurring disorders (mental illness and SUD), and lay the foundation for future clinical trials as well as help develop specific aftercare plans.
The effectiveness of this emerging computer-based/human interaction process will be evaluated by specific outcome measures in comparison to a control group of past clients, and by its impact on achieving a paradigm shift in treatment philosophy itself that involves a comprehensive personal relationship perspective.
The one-year study will be facilitated with 80 -100 of RS EDEN’s Men’s Program residential clients, measuring efficacy of this therapeutic approach with a number of benchmarks for each participating client in the 120-day program, including treatment completion. The RS EDEN’s residential treatment population represents high recidivism rates, low income and other social challenges.
The joint project will set specific goals, and empirical outcomes analysis that will be facilitated by Jeff Simpson, PhD, University of Minnesota, with UfaceME and RS EDEN.
“It is difficult for our clients to communicate with authenticity and trust and to maintain healthy relationships. This tool has given them a new way to be heard and to hear others,” said Tom Meier, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, RS EDEN.
About RS EDEN:
RS EDEN is a multi-faceted agency with services in substance use disorder (SUD) treatment, family services, corrections and affordable housing. Eden House has been serving men with SUD in Hennepin County and surrounding counties for 30 years. The RS EDEN Men’s Program is a behavior-based therapeutic community program serving men with histories of SUD, who may be homeless and often have experienced failure with past treatment. Typically, clients are involved with the criminal justice system and have minimal family, financial and social resources. Residential and outpatient services are offered.
UfaceME’s clients include Better Futures Minnesota, Salvation Army and Project for Pride in Living. With the leadership of Dr. Jim Ayers, psychologist, UfaceME, Inc. has developed a proprietary patent-pending relational learning technology. The relational process utilizes, records and analyzes participants’ perspectives and responses. Dr. Jim Ayers, formerly a University of Minnesota professor, has long advocated for and treated underserved patients with challenging life situations such as criminal records and dual diagnosis. He retired from the Walk-In Center as Clinical Director in 2013 and in 2014 received the Distinguished Elder Award from the Minnesota Psychological Association.
About Dr. Jeff Simpson:
Jeff Simpson, Ph.D., is Professor of Psychology and Director of the Doctoral Minor in Interpersonal Relationships (IREL) at the University of Minnesota. He is the incoming President of International Association for Relationship Research, and is an internationally recognized authority on interpersonal relationships and research on development of human attachment.