iChill is an app designed to educate the user on effects of stress on the body, as well as teach core skills to employ while experiencing stress or after a distressing event. There are six sections on the home screen. First, there is “About iChill” which gives an overview of the app. “Resiliency Zone – Before” asks the user to rate their current resiliency level before reading about the app’s core skills. Next the user is prompted to read about the core skills. Once the user has learned about the skills, they are prompted to rate their resiliency level again in “Resiliency Zone – After”. The fifth section “Resiliency Images”, provides four visuals to further explain the concept of resiliency to the user. Finally, the last section “Help Now!” provides 10 tips for managing stress in the moment, as well as two crisis lines to call for extra support. 

Available for: iOS 5.1 or later (iPhone, iPad, iPod touch)
Android 2.2 or later
Company Name: Trauma Resource Institute
Classification (Type of Treatment): Mindfulness, Informational (Note: Community Resiliency Model)
Targeted conditions: PTSD, Anxiety & Stress
Target demographics: Adults, Teens, Military Personnel
Special provider necessary: No
Languages Available in: English
Get it on: iTunes, Google Play

Cost: Free 

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PsyberGuide rating: The research and support basis of the product

Total Score: 6/14

Basis of research:0
Source of funding for the research: 0
Specificity of the proposed intervention: 3
Number of consumer ratings: 3
Product advisory support: 0
Software support: 0

date of rating: December 2017

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Research on the product

The Trauma Research Institute based their Community Resiliency Model off of the Trauma Resiliency Model, however no research has been done on the efficacy of their community model. An RCT following Hurricane Katrina offered 142 social workers either psychoeducation and a somatic intervention “Trauma Resiliency Model” or just psychoeducation. The group receiving both psychoeducation and the somatic intervention reported significantly less psychological distress and more resiliency relative to the psychoeducation group. Another RCT offered Trauma Resiliency Model training to 367 doctors, nurses, teachers, and counselors in the 18 months following an earthquake. Results showed that 60% of trainees thought they could use the skills taught for self-care in a challenging situation, 82% had their expectations met by training, 98% were moderately to very satisfied with training and 100% of the ratings reported the quality of training as above average to excellent.

Leitch, L. M., Vanslyke, J., & Allen, M. (2009). Somatic Experiencing Treatment with Social Service Workers Following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Social Work, 54(1), 9-18.

Leitch, L. M., & Miller-Karas, E., (2009). A Case for Using Biologically-Based Mental Health Intervention in Post-Earthquake China: Evaluation of Training in the Trauma Resiliency Model. International Journal of Emergency Mental Health, 11(4).

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