Presenting an evidence-based treatment for couples in which one or both partners suffers from posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), this step-by-step manual is packed with practical clinical guidance and tools. The therapy is carefully structured to address both PTSD symptoms and associated relationship difficulties in a time-limited framework. It is grounded in cutting-edge knowledge about interpersonal aspects of trauma and its treatment. Detailed session outlines and therapist scripts facilitate the entire process of assessment, case conceptualization, and intervention. In a large-size format for easy photocopying, the book includes 50 reproducible handouts and forms.
Part I: Background and Overview of CBCT for PTSD. An Introduction to Cognitive-Behavioral Conjoint Therapy. Initial Assessment, Case Conceptualization, and Working with Complex Cases. Part II: CBCT for PTSD Treatment Manual. Phase 1. Rationale for Treatment and Education about PTSD and Relationships. Session 1. Introduction to Treatment. Session 2. Safety Building. Phase 2. Satisfaction Enhancement and Undermining Avoidance. Session 3. Listening and Approaching. Session 4. Sharing Thoughts and Feelings: Emphasis on Feelings. Session 5. Sharing Thoughts and Feelings: Emphasis on Thoughts. Session 6. Getting U.N.S.T.U.C.K. Session 7. Problem Solving to Shrink PTSD. Phase 3. Making Meaning of the Trauma(s) and End of Therapy. Session 8. Acceptance. Session 9. Blame. Session10. Trust. Session 11. Control. Session 12. Emotional Closeness. Session 13. Physical Closeness. Session 14. Posttraumatic Growth. Session 15. Review and Reinforcement of Treatment Gains.