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UCLA Couples Counseling for Combat Veterans (CCCV)

The recruitment status of this study is unknown. The completion date has passed and the status has not been verified in more than two years.
Verified June 2012 by Shirley Glynn, University of California, Los Angeles.
Recruitment status was:  Recruiting
Sponsor:
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT01627548
First Posted: June 25, 2012
Last Update Posted: June 25, 2012
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Collaborator:
VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Shirley Glynn, University of California, Los Angeles
  Purpose
A pilot intervention of an existing intervention adapted for the returning warfighter population: a couples treatment for PTSD, Structured Approach Therapy (SAT), which emphasizes reducing the PTSD avoidance/numbing symptoms that are corrosive in families.

Condition Intervention
PTSD Recent Era Combat Veteran Couples Communication Behavioral: Structured Approach Therapy

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: UCLA Welcome Back Veterans Family Resilience Center Couples Counseling for Combat Veterans

Further study details as provided by Shirley Glynn, University of California, Los Angeles:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Improved couples communication as measured by standardized assessments [ Time Frame: 4-6 months ]

Estimated Enrollment: 24
Study Start Date: January 2012
Estimated Study Completion Date: November 2013
Estimated Primary Completion Date: November 2013 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Active Comparator: Waitlisted Intervention
Couple will be consented, assessed and randomized to a waitlist of 4 months. The couple will be reassessed at 8 weeks and prior to initiating intervention.
Behavioral: Structured Approach Therapy
The SAT treatment is provided in 12 weekly 50-minute sessions and is fully manualized. First, couple-based exposure techniques are used to address anxiety about intimacy, increasing the traumatized person's ability to engage in social and relational behaviors that promote bonding and satisfaction. Second, as anxiety decreases, couple-based techniques are also used to increase the positive experiences the couple is having. These activities expose the traumatized person to positive feelings instead of anxiety, so that he/she may become desensitized to the anxiety caused by the closeness, and more comfortable engaging in intimate behaviors.
Active Comparator: Immediate Intervention
Eligible couples who are randomized to immediate intervention will begin sessions with a trained interventionist within weeks of consent and initial assessments
Behavioral: Structured Approach Therapy
The SAT treatment is provided in 12 weekly 50-minute sessions and is fully manualized. First, couple-based exposure techniques are used to address anxiety about intimacy, increasing the traumatized person's ability to engage in social and relational behaviors that promote bonding and satisfaction. Second, as anxiety decreases, couple-based techniques are also used to increase the positive experiences the couple is having. These activities expose the traumatized person to positive feelings instead of anxiety, so that he/she may become desensitized to the anxiety caused by the closeness, and more comfortable engaging in intimate behaviors.

  Eligibility

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  • OIF/OEF/ OND veteran with at least one deployment
  • In a cohabitating relationship for 6 months or longer
  • Cohabitating 50% of the time or more
  • Diagnosed with PTSD or meets the diagnosis criteria for PTSD as related to deployment experience (CAPS)
  • Ability to make weekly appointments
  • Willingness to commit to change

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Receiving an evidence-based treatment for PTSD within the past 6 months
  • Receiving couples therapy within the last 6 months
  • Moderate or excessive physical violence within the past 3 months (CTS)
  • Alcohol/substance dependence (SCID)
  • Known domestic violence/abuse (CTS)
  • Symptoms of psychosis within the past 3 months
  • Unstable psychiatric medicine usage or on regimen less than 3 months
  Contacts and Locations
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT01627548


Contacts
Contact: Lina Berrio, MPH 310-702-3991 welcomebackveteransUCLA@gmail.com
Contact: Alex Lee, MSW 855-231-9500 welcomebackveteransUCLA@gmail.com

Locations
United States, California
UCLA Semel Institute Recruiting
Los Angeles, California, United States, 90095
Contact: Lina Berrio, MPH    310-702-3991    welcomebackveteransUCLA@gmail.com   
Contact: Alex Lee, MSW    855-231-9500    welcomebackveteransUCLA@gmail.com   
Principal Investigator: Patricia E Lester, MD         
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of California, Los Angeles
VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System
Investigators
Principal Investigator: Shrley M Glynn, PhD University of California, Los Angeles
Principal Investigator: Patricia E Lester, MD University of California, Los Angeles
  More Information

Responsible Party: Shirley Glynn, Associate Researcher, University of California, Los Angeles
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01627548     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 11-003109
First Submitted: June 21, 2012
First Posted: June 25, 2012
Last Update Posted: June 25, 2012
Last Verified: June 2012

Keywords provided by Shirley Glynn, University of California, Los Angeles:
PTSD
Couples
Combat Veteran
Warfighter
OEF
OIF
OND
Structured Approach Therapy
Trauma