Event Title

Seeking Safety Group Proposal for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and Co-Occurring Substance Use Disorder

Location

Schroeder Complex Room 112

Start Date

26-3-2010 9:00 AM

Document Type

Event

End Date

26-3-2010 9:50 AM

Abstract

Reports on rates of PTSD among women receiving treatment for substance use disorders (SUDs) ranges from 20% to as much as 59%. Research however has shown that fewer than half of women with SUDs will receive treatment that addresses their PTSD symptoms. Research over the past three decades has shown an increased interest in individuals diagnosed with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) using group psychotherapy. However, group psychotherapy approaches for co-occurring PTSD and substance use disorders are not as well developed. This proposal suggests the creation of a psychotherapy group for women suffering from SUDs with co-occurring PTSD symptoms. The group model will be based on the Seeking Safety model (L. M. Najavits) which is an empirically supported, manualized, cognitive behavioral psychotherapy intervention for substance abuse and trauma (PTSD). For the purposes of the Research Exchange, the poster I present will outline the Seeking Safety model as an effective group intervention for women experiencing co-occurring PTSD and SUDs. The poster will also outline proposed group objectives and suggested composition of the group, recruitment, clinician/facilitator selection, screening and selection processes, frequency and duration of the group, and suggestions for termination.

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Mar 26th, 9:00 AM Mar 26th, 9:50 AM

Seeking Safety Group Proposal for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and Co-Occurring Substance Use Disorder

Schroeder Complex Room 112

Reports on rates of PTSD among women receiving treatment for substance use disorders (SUDs) ranges from 20% to as much as 59%. Research however has shown that fewer than half of women with SUDs will receive treatment that addresses their PTSD symptoms. Research over the past three decades has shown an increased interest in individuals diagnosed with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) using group psychotherapy. However, group psychotherapy approaches for co-occurring PTSD and substance use disorders are not as well developed. This proposal suggests the creation of a psychotherapy group for women suffering from SUDs with co-occurring PTSD symptoms. The group model will be based on the Seeking Safety model (L. M. Najavits) which is an empirically supported, manualized, cognitive behavioral psychotherapy intervention for substance abuse and trauma (PTSD). For the purposes of the Research Exchange, the poster I present will outline the Seeking Safety model as an effective group intervention for women experiencing co-occurring PTSD and SUDs. The poster will also outline proposed group objectives and suggested composition of the group, recruitment, clinician/facilitator selection, screening and selection processes, frequency and duration of the group, and suggestions for termination.