PTG in Clinical Practice

A Preliminary Examination of a Posttraumatic Growth-Based Program for Veteran Mental Health

January 1, 2021
Practice Innovations

A novel approach to the treatment of trauma in combat veterans has been developed that integrates the interventional model of posttraumatic growth, which is the concept that positive and transformative psychological changes result in the struggle with difficult life experiences.

Prevalence studies of combat veterans from the recent conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan reveal that up to 20% experience some type of psychiatric disorder as a result of their combat experiences. One of the more notable psychiatric conditions for combat veterans is posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Currently, trauma-focused, manualized psychotherapies are the prominent interventions for PTSD. These interventions, however, have significant limitations related to effectiveness, tolerance, and adherence. Consequently, alternative interventions should be considered.

Psychotherapists who are familiar with standard empirically based trauma treatment will recognize how this PTG-based approach utilizes many aspects of those therapies.
Dr. Bret Moore et al.

The present study provides longitudinal data over 18 months on an integrative approach that is based on the principles of posttraumatic growth. Outcomes related to psychiatric symptoms, quality of life, stress and emotion management, psychological flexibility, and psychological growth are reported. The application of these principles by practitioners is reviewed. (PsycInfo Database Record (c) 2022 APA, all rights reserved)

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