Clinical Services

Facilitated Roundtable Discussion

CS1-05 - TeleFOCUS: Caring for a Military Patient Population Using a Family-Centered Prevention Model and Telehealth

Sunday, April 29
3:45 PM - 4:10 PM
Location: Education Zone, Booth 2416, Zone 1

As a service originally initiated by the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery (BUMED), UCLA's FOCUS (Families OverComing Under Stress) program addresses concerns related to parental combat operational stress injuries and combat-related physical injuries by providing state-of-the-start family resiliency services to military children and families at 28 military installations around the United States and Pacific Rim. The FOCUS Program is unique is that it is strength-based and is a relationship model - focusing on the "family" unit surrounding the patient/veteran. The program teaches key skills with emotional regulation, communication, problem-solving, goal-setting, in addition to managing traumatic reminders (e.g., managing deployment reminders) for the retired and active duty military members and their families.
It is notoriously difficult for military members to get much needed behavioral/mental health services, which is why TeleFOCUS was created. TeleFOCUS uses video conferencing so that the military member and their family can meet with a skilled therapist over a real-time audio and video conference, with the intention to learn core resilience skills. Tom Babayan - a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist - is a model supervisor and key therapist that has been practicing TeleFOCUS for over five years. Tom will describe the FOCUS model in more detail during his presentation.
TeleFOCUS has been adapted to treat the entire family at a distance, which is somewhat unique in the realm of telehealth. Tom will share how he engages and treats these military members and their families, as well as teaches them the necessary skills to live a resilience-based life across the states and even countries. Tom will also share his adoption/implementation processes, as well as his clinical observations and outcomes as it directly relates using TeleFOCUS. Additionally, Tom will describe how TeleFOCUS has become a manualized evidence-based practice (EBP).

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Tom Babayan

Clinical Specialist
UCLA Nathanson Family Resilience Center

Mr. Babayan is a Specialist and Model Supervisor at the UCLA Nathanson Family Resilience Center located in the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior. As a licensed marriage and family therapist, he helps build resilience in families, children and adults facing adversity and traumatic stress across a variety of circumstances. After delivering services—including family, group and larger presentations--to hundreds of military families aboard Camp Pendleton in Oceanside, CA, Tom now focuses on delivering these services to the veteran community in California. Specializing in couples work and telehealth service delivery, he currently supervises service delivery, including Families OverComing Under Stress (FOCUS), a strengths based, resilience building model for families, at the newly opened UCLA/VA Veteran Family Wellness Center located on the West Los Angeles VA campus. Tom has also served as a consultant and trainer for a variety of organizations, including the Los Angeles Department of Mental Health, National Intrepid Center of Excellence, the National Guard University of Southern California, Los Angeles Unified School District, and National Military Family Foundation.


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