Category: Treatment - CBT

Symposium

Intensive Cognitive Processing Therapy for Military Personnel and Veterans With PTSD: Preliminary Results

Saturday, November 18
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Location: Aqua Salon E & F, Level 3, Aqua Level

Keywords: PTSD Posttraumatic Stress Disorder | CPT (Cognitive Processing Therapy) | Military
Presentation Type: Symposium

Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is the most commonly diagnosed condition among members of the U.S. Armed Forces. Of the many treatments developed for PTSD, cognitive processing therapy (CPT) has especially strong empirical support across numerous clinical trials among a variety of populations, including military personnel. Despite its efficacy, many military personnel and veterans with PTSD will not receive CPT or other empirically-supported treatments for PTSD, possibly because of difficulty accessing these treatments or inability to regularly attend treatment. Greater flexibility and efficiency in intervention delivery is needed to remove these barriers. To achieve this goal, the National Center for Veterans Studies (NCVS) created the R&R Program, a two-week treatment program that provides daily CPT to military personnel and veterans diagnosed with full or subthreshold PTSD (i.e., three of four symptom criteria). The only exclusion criteria are the inability to complete informed consent or presence of a current substance use disorder requiring medical detoxification. Pre- and post-treatment evaluations were conducted by an independent evaluator using the Clinician Administered PTSD Scale for DSM-5 (CAPS-5). Participants will be followed for one year post-treatment. This presentation will provide an overview of the R&R Program and its structure as well as post-treatment results collected to date. Prior to the ABCT conference, data analyses will be updated and 6-month follow-up data will be available. Results to date from the 14 service members and veterans (64% male; 93% white; 43% military, 57% veteran; 92% with full PTSD diagnosis) who have completed the program show a significant reduction in CAPS total scores from pre- (M=36.3, SD=11.5) to post-treatment (M=18.4, SD=10.7; F(1,13)=29.8, p2(1)=12.1, p<.001; phi=0.7), indicating that 68% of participants with full PTSD lost the diagnosis. Results suggest that PTSD can be rapidly treated to remission in less than two weeks using an intensive (daily) administration of CPT.

Craig Bryan

Executive Director & Associate Professor
National Center for Veterans Studies at The University of Utah

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