PTSD Therapy Materials
Normalising PTSD symptoms is part of the assessment and first treatment session in CT-PTSD. This handout summarises common PTSD symptoms and how treatment will help. It is given to patients at the end of the first treatment session to read at home. It is useful for the therapist to highlight which sections are particularly relevant for the patient.
This information sheet is written for the patient’s significant others and gives information about PTSD symptoms and therapy. It makes suggestions for how they can supporting the patient during therapy. It is given to the patient to pass on to family and friends if they wish.
The first treatment session after the diagnostic assessment aims to build a good working relationship, discuss the patient’s goals for treatment, normalise symptoms, develop an individual case formulation, demonstrate the effects of thought suppression and give a rationale for the trauma memory work, and start reclaiming/ rebuilding your life assignments. Our trainees have found it useful to use a session notes sheet that cover these areas.
Some therapists find it helpful to summarise the individual case formulation in this blank version of the model that they can update as therapy progresses. For an example, see Murray et al. (2020). For examples of sharing maintenance cycles with patients see Wild et al. (2020) and the training video on the first treatment session.
Therapists and patients may find it helpful to use one of these sheets (depending on formatting preferences) to generate and summarise updating information for a hot spot. The updates are then linked with the hot spot in imaginal reliving and/or the trauma narrative.
This sheet is commonly used to help patients and therapists plan behavioural experiments and to record the outcomes of those experiments. Further details on how to use the sheet can be found in the training video Behavioural Experiments.
This document is commonly used towards the end of therapy to help patients pull together their key learning points from treatment, how they will build on what they have learnt, and plan what to do if any future setbacks arise. A training video on using the therapy blueprint is available here.