The results of a pilot examination of the use of narrative therapy with individuals diagnosed with PTSD was released recently and the findings are quite promising. In this study 14 veterans with a diagnosis of PTSD (11 treatment completers) completed structured diagnostic interviews and self-report assessments of symptoms prior to and following 11 to 12 sessions of narrative therapy. After treatment, 3 of 11 treatment completers no longer met criteria for PTSD and 7 of 11 had clinically significant decreases in PTSD symptoms as measured by the Clinician Administered PTSD Scale. Pre- to posttreatment effect sizes on outcomes ranged from 0.57 to 0.88. These preliminary results, in conjunction with low rates of treatment dropout (21.4%) and a high level of reported satisfaction with the treatment, suggest that further study of narrative therapy is warranted as a potential alternative to existing treatments for PTSD. Participants in the present study had refused well-established empirically supported treatments for PTSD prior to enrolling suggests that narrative therapy may, if it is shown to have efficacy in more extensive trials, provide an alternative treatment for those who struggle to engage in current state-of-the-science treatments. More information about the pilot study can be found HERE.
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