Cognitive behavioral conjoint therapy may be used to efficiently address individual and relational dimensions of traumatization and might be indicated for individuals with PTSD who have stable relationships and partners who are willing to engage in treatment with them.
Monson, professor of psychology at Ryerson University in Toronto, examined the efficacy of an intervention called cognitive-behavioral conjoint therapy, which stressed education, communication, and conflict resolution.
Cognitive-behavioral conjoint therapy for PTSD; harnessing the healing power of relationships.
Toronto) and Fredman (psychiatry, Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School) explain the benefits and mechanisms of conjoint therapy for PSTD.
The following search terms were used: couple therapy, conjoint therapy, family therapy, interpersonal, PTSD, and trauma.
The other study tested an early version of cognitive-behavioral conjoint therapy (CBCT) for PTSD , which is designed to simultaneously ameliorate PTSD symptoms and enhance relationship functioning.
conjoint therapy delivered to individual dyads, in a group of dyads, via telehealth methodologies, paired with individual therapy).
Abbreviations: BCT = behavioral couple therapy, BFT = behavioral family therapy, CBCT = cognitive-behavioral conjoint therapy, CPG = Clinical Practice Guideline, CSO = concerned significant other, DOD = Department of Defense, DTE = directed therapeutic exposure, EFCT for Trauma = emotionally focused couple therapy for trauma, LMC = lifestyle management course, PTSD = posttraumatic stress disorder, RCT = randomized controlled trial, SAFE = Support and Family Education (Program), SAT = strategic approach therapy, VA = Department of Veterans Affairs.
As a result, the practice, known as conjoint therapy
, was blasted in psychology journals as "seriously lacking in empirically tested principles" and a "technique in search of a theory.
Therefore a variety of communication needs may be met through this conjoint therapy
including responses to one stage commands through changes in breathing, eye opening and squeezing hands/fingers; articulation, fluency and rate; voice quality and intonation; word finding, social interaction, auditory/verbal memory and vocabulary development.
Cognitive-behavioral conjoint therapy
is specific for PTSD and does not apply generic behavioral family therapy or interpersonal therapy to couples in which one person happens to have PTSD.
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