Progressive Counting (PC)

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Scientific Rating:
3
Promising Research Evidence
See scale of 1-5
Child Welfare System Relevance Level:
Low
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About This Program

The information in this program outline is provided by the program representative and edited by the CEBC staff. Progressive Counting (PC) has been rated by the CEBC in the area of: Trauma Treatment (Adult).

Target Population: Adults who have experienced trauma; has been used with teens and children ages 6 and up

Brief Description

PC is a psychotherapy procedure for resolving trauma or loss memories via memory reconsolidation. Briefly, it entails guiding the client to imagine a movie of the distressing memory, from beginning to end, while the therapist counts aloud first from 1-10, then 1-20, then 1-30, etc., to a maximum of 100. As the distress level goes down, the movies get shorter. This continues until no memory-related distress remains. PC can be done as a stand-alone treatment or within the context of a comprehensive phase model of trauma-informed treatment.

Program Goals:

The goals for Progressive Counting (PC) are:

Primary goal:

  • Help the client to fully process the targeted distressing memory, so that the memory is no longer distressing

Secondary goal:

  • Reduce or eliminate the client’s presenting problems, to the extent that such problems may have been caused or exacerbated by the distressing memory

Contact Information

Name: Ricky Greenwald, PsyD
Agency/Affiliation: Trauma Institute & Child Trauma Institute
Website: www.childtrauma.com
Email:
Phone: (413) 774-2340

Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: July 2017

Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: May 2017

Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: November 2015