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Mental Health in Veterans and Families After Group Therapies

The safety and scientific validity of this study is the responsibility of the study sponsor and investigators. Listing a study does not mean it has been evaluated by the U.S. Federal Government. Know the risks and potential benefits of clinical studies and talk to your health care provider before participating. Read our disclaimer for details. Identifier: NCT01327690
Recruitment Status : Recruiting
First Posted : April 1, 2011
Last Update Posted : September 19, 2019
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Dawson Church, Soul Medicine Institute

Brief Summary:
PTSD (posttraumatic stress disorder) and associated mental health conditions affect both veterans and their family members. This study investigates whether group therapy using EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) and CBT (Cognitive Behavior Therapy) produce reductions in PTSD and comorbid symptoms.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorders Behavioral: CBT (Cognitive Behavior Therapy) Behavioral: EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) Early Phase 1

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Estimated Enrollment : 100 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single (Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Screening
Official Title: Mental Health in Veterans and Families After Group Therapies
Study Start Date : December 2010
Estimated Primary Completion Date : December 2023
Estimated Study Completion Date : December 2023

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Arm Intervention/treatment
No Intervention: Wait List
Wait Period corresponding in length to treatment period
Experimental: EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques)
EFT group therapy sessions.
Behavioral: EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques)
Group therapy sessions using EFT

Active Comparator: CBT (Cognitive Behavior Therapy)
CBT group therapy sessions
Behavioral: CBT (Cognitive Behavior Therapy)
CBT group therapy sessions

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Change from Baseline PTSD (posttraumatic stress disorder) Symptom Levels [ Time Frame: Pre-Intervention, Post-Intervention, with one, three, six, and twelve month follow-ups ]
    Symptoms are measured before the first group therapy session. Symptom levels are also recorded immediately after the last group session, and at follow-up points: one, three, six, and twelve months later.

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 80 Years   (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • The ability to follow instructions, complete written forms, and provide informed consent. Subjects are required to be literate and understand English.
  • Physically healthy.
  • Active duty military service, veterans, and their family members.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • None

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To learn more about this study, you or your doctor may contact the study research staff using the contact information provided by the sponsor.

Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT01327690

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Contact: Dawson Church 707 237 6951
Contact: Dawson Church 707 525 9292

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United States, California
Soul Medicine Institute Recruiting
Santa Rosa, California, United States, 95404
Contact: Deburah Tribbey    707-237-6951   
Sponsors and Collaborators
Soul Medicine Institute
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Principal Investigator: Dawson Church, PhD Soul Medicine Institute
Additional Information:
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Responsible Party: Dawson Church, Principal Investigator, Soul Medicine Institute Identifier: NCT01327690    
Other Study ID Numbers: SMI-GROUP-12/10/10
First Posted: April 1, 2011    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: September 19, 2019
Last Verified: September 2019
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Stress Disorders, Traumatic
Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic
Trauma and Stressor Related Disorders
Mental Disorders