HEALTH / WELL-BEING

Piloting the feasibility of delivering cognitive-behavioral conjoint therapy online to military veterans and partners

Article

Cognitive-Behavior Conjoint Therapy (CBCT) for PTSD has demonstrated efficacy among military couples in which the veteran is experiencing PTSD. Yet, no studies to date have investigated delivering CBCT online. This brief report aims to describe the feasibility of delivering CBCT online to UK military couples.

Abstract

Six military veterans and their partners received CBCT, delivered using an online video platform. They completed mental health measures at the start and end of treatment as well as 12-weeks follow-up. Data trends suggested reduced psychological distress and trauma symptoms as well as increased wellbeing of veterans and partners. On the individual level, most veterans (83.3%) demonstrated clinically significant reductions in PTSD symptoms. Therapist reflections suggested client acceptability of treatment and highlighted considerations for delivering CBCT online. Clinical implications and the need for further empirical investigation of online-delivered CBCT are discussed.

Full Reference

Laura Josephine Hendrikx, Dawn Phee & Dominic Murphy (2022) Piloting the feasibility of delivering cognitive-behavioral conjoint therapy online to military veterans and partners, Military Psychology, DOI: 10.1080/08995605.2022.2054653