Developing an Emotion- and Memory-Processing Group Intervention for PTSD with complex features: a group case series with survivors of repeated interpersonal trauma

Clifford, Georgina, Meiser-Stedman, Richard, Johnson, Rebecca D., Hitchcock, Caitlin and Dalgleish, Tim (2018) Developing an Emotion- and Memory-Processing Group Intervention for PTSD with complex features: a group case series with survivors of repeated interpersonal trauma. European Journal of Psychotraumatology, 9 (1). ISSN 2000-8066

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      Abstract

      Individuals who experience repeated interpersonal trauma exposure often present with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) with more complex features. There is currently no consensus regarding whether current evidence-based interventions for PTSD need to be tailored to better account for these complex features. However, one recommended adaptation is to adopt a phase-based or sequenced approach involving three phases, each with a distinct function. This paper describes the development of a 12-session Emotion- and Memory-Processing Group Programme, adapted from Cloitre’s Skills Training in Affective and Interpersonal Regulation (STAIR) phase-based treatment protocol. A single case series provided a preliminary examination of the group-based intervention’s efficacy for three groups of women with a history of repeated interpersonal trauma and PTSD with complex features (N = 15; age 19–46 years) at The Haven Sexual Assault Referral Centre in London. Results revealed significant reductions in: PTSD, complex features of PTSD, and depression, along with improvements in process measures of maladaptive cognitions and emotion processing. Results from this case series demonstrate that an Emotion- and Memory-Processing Group Programme holds promise for treating individuals with a history of interpersonal trauma in outpatient settings, and provides evidence to warrant the completion of a feasibility trial.

      Item Type: Article
      Uncontrolled Keywords: post traumatic stress disorder;,ptsd,complex ptsd,cptsd,emotion regulation,trauma-focused therapy,group therapy,group case series
      Faculty \ School: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > Norwich Medical School
      Depositing User: LivePure Connector
      Date Deposited: 06 Jul 2018 12:30
      Last Modified: 19 Mar 2019 01:05
      URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/67536
      DOI: 10.1080/20008198.2018.1495980

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