Title of Showcase Submission

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Post-traumatic Stress Disorder Patients

Student Type

Undergraduate

Faculty Sponsor

Christopher Scribner

Date

4-12-2022

College Affiliation

College of Science, Technology, and Health

Department

Psychology

Submission Type

Oral Presentation

Abstract

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a the most effective and widely used treatment method for individuals with Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The goals and format of cognitive behavioral therapy are explored through existing literature on the topic. To determine what specific techniques within CBT are used to provide healing for individuals and how effective these techniques are for different populations, research on techniques within CBT that are most frequently used and the effectiveness of such treatments is considered. The research shows that work with exposure and cognitions are the two most prevalent treatment techniques. It is also shown that fidelity to the original treatment model is imperative for the overall efficacy of treatment. Looking at the current research, CBT is shown to be effective for a variety of ages and people of different circumstances. The synthesis of this research has led to the conclusion that changing false, automatic thoughts regarding the traumatic event and getting rid of maladaptive behaviors that have developed as a result of the event in exchange for healthy coping mechanisms can lead to effective healing for clients with PTSD.

Publication Date

2022

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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Post-traumatic Stress Disorder Patients

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a the most effective and widely used treatment method for individuals with Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The goals and format of cognitive behavioral therapy are explored through existing literature on the topic. To determine what specific techniques within CBT are used to provide healing for individuals and how effective these techniques are for different populations, research on techniques within CBT that are most frequently used and the effectiveness of such treatments is considered. The research shows that work with exposure and cognitions are the two most prevalent treatment techniques. It is also shown that fidelity to the original treatment model is imperative for the overall efficacy of treatment. Looking at the current research, CBT is shown to be effective for a variety of ages and people of different circumstances. The synthesis of this research has led to the conclusion that changing false, automatic thoughts regarding the traumatic event and getting rid of maladaptive behaviors that have developed as a result of the event in exchange for healthy coping mechanisms can lead to effective healing for clients with PTSD.