Cognitive-behavioral therapy for patients with PTSD after experiences of intimate partner violence - review of therapy programs
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II Wydział Psychologii, SWPS Uniwersytet Humanistycznospołeczny, Wrocław
Submission date: 2018-12-01
Final revision date: 2019-02-04
Acceptance date: 2019-02-09
Publication date: 2019-05-29
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Natalia Liszewska   

II Wydział Psychologii, SWPS Uniwersytet Humanistycznospołeczny, Wrocław
Psychoter 2019;188(1):19-28
About 30% of women around the world experience violence, which is a violation of fundamental human rights and is a major public health problem. The prevalence of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in those women varies between 45% and 84%. The aim of this article is to present various forms of psychological support for people experiencing violence, with particular emphasis on the work in the cognitive-behavioral current. The article discusses the theoretical assumptions, structure, and modules of the Cognitive Trauma Therapy for Battered Women (CTT-BW) by Kubany and presents modules on psycho-education about PTSD, strengthening stress management skills, assertive communication, coping with unwanted contacts with former partners, and identification of potential perpetrators. CTT-BW therapy is a short-term form of assistance, the effectiveness of which has been confirmed by research. In 94% of women participating in the 3-month programme according to its protocol, there was a reduction in anxiety, guilt, and shame and a significant increase in self-esteem.
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