with Candice Monson, PhD & Susan Stevens, PsyD
PTSD is one of the mental health disorders most strongly associated with relationship problems. These problems can maintain or aggravate its course and interfere with successful treatment delivery. Conversely, they can be a key ingredient to improving therapy adherence, efficacy, and long-term maintenance of gains. In this workshop, we will present a model for incorporating significant others into assessment and evidence-based treatment for PTSD. Specifically, we will describe our three-stage Cognitive-Behavioral Conjoint Therapy (CBCT) for PTSD, a time-limited and problem-focused treatment designed to simultaneously improve PTSD and intimate relationship functioning, and discuss use of the three stages of the interventions. We will provide case examples, including videotaped therapy sessions, demonstrating the interventions. In addition, we will discuss the application of the therapy to different types of couples (e.g., same sex, dually traumatized) with different types of traumatic experiences, as well as specific issues that might arise in the delivery of the therapy or in incorporating significant others in assessment and treatment more generally (e.g., intimate partner aggression, substance abuse).