Brief Eclectic Psychotherapy for PTSD (BEPP)
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About This Program
Target Population: Adult patients suffering from posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD); developed for police officers, now used for all kinds of patients with PTSD
The 16-session Brief Eclectic Psychotherapy for PTSD (BEPP) protocol starts with psychoeducation on posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The patient and his/her partner learn to understand the symptoms of PTSD as dysfunctional, and caused by the traumatic event. The patient will then receive 4-6 sessions of relaxation and imaginary exposure, focused on the suppressed intense emotions of sorrow.
Memorabilia are used to stimulate remembrances of the traumatic event and the patient is tasked to write a letter to a person or an institution blamed for the traumatic incident. The letter is specifically used to express aggressive feelings. Symptoms will then typically disappear and the patient will be able to concentrate on the impact of the trauma on his/her view of self and the world. The treatment is ended with a farewell ritual.
The goals of Brief Eclectic Psychotherapy for PTSD (BEPP) are:
- Patient experiencing no PTSD symptoms
- Patient having experienced all emotions connected to the traumatic period
- Patient having learned how the event(s) has changed his or her view of self and of the world and how new trust can be established
Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: June 2017
Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: October 2013
Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: October 2013