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Volume 49 Number 5, 2012
   Pages 717 — 728

Abstract — Couple/family therapy for posttraumatic stress disorder: Review to facilitate interpretation of VA/DOD Clinical Practice Guideline

Candice M. Monson, PhD;1–2* Alexandra Macdonald, PhD;3 Amy Brown-Bowers1
1Ryerson University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada; 2Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) National Center for PTSD, Women’s Health Sciences Division, Boston, MA; 3VA National Center for PTSD, Behavioral Science Division, and Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, MA

Abstract — A well-documented association exists among Veterans’ posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms, family relationship problems, and mental health problems in partners and children of Veterans. This article reviews the recommendations regarding couple/family therapy offered in the newest version of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)/Department of Defense (DOD) VA/DOD Clinical Practice Guideline for Management of Post-Traumatic Stress. We then provide a heuristic for clinicians, researchers, and policy makers to consider when incorporating couple/family interventions into Veterans’ mental health services. The range of research that has been conducted on couple/family therapy for Veterans with PTSD is reviewed using this heuristic, and suggestions for clinical practice are offered.

Key words: caregiver burden, clinical practice guidelines, cognitive-behavioral therapy, couple/family therapy, emotionally focused couple therapy, mental health, PTSD, rehabilitation, strategic approach therapy, Veterans.

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This article and any supplementary materials should be cited as follows:
Monson CM, Macdonald A, Brown-Bowers A. Couple/family therapy for posttraumatic stress disorder: Review to facilitate interpretation of VA/DOD Clinical Practice Guideline. J Rehabil Res Dev. 2012;49(5):717–28.

Monson CM, Macdonald A, Vorstenbosch V, Shnaider P, Goldstein ESR. Changes in social adjustment with cognitive processing therapy: effects of treatment and association with PTSD symptom change. J Trauma Stress. 2012. In press.
Schumm JA, Fredman SJ, Monson CM, Chard KM. Cognitive-behavioral conjoint therapy for PTSD: Initial findings for Operations Enduring and Iraqi Freedom male combat veterans and their partners. Am J Fam Ther. 2012. In press.

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