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Trauma-Informed Guilt Reduction (TrIGR) Intervention


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Posttraumatic guilt and shame are common among Veterans and have been implicated in the development and maintenance of posttraumatic distress and a range of adverse outcomes, including posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression and suicidality, and alcohol/substance use disorders. There is a pressing need for effective treatments targeting transdiagnostic mechanisms such as guilt. We developed Trauma Informed Guilt Reduction (TrIGR) therapy as a therapeutic tool to help Veterans accurately appraise deployment-related guilt and to re-identify and re-engage with their values. The overall objective of this study is to examine the efficacy of TrIGR in reducing deployment-related guilt. The overarching hypothesis is that TrIGR will reduce guilt, shame, and related distress, and these improvements will be significantly greater than in the comparison condition, Supportive Care Therapy (SCT). The study is a Stage 2 randomized, controlled trial of TrIGR compared to SCT. Recruitment of participants takes place at two VA Medical Centers (San Diego, CA and Providence, RI). 150 OEF/OIF Veterans will be randomized to TrIGR or SCT (at least 75 in San Diego). All eligible participants complete an in-person baseline assessment, receive 6 sessions of TrIGR or SCT in individual format, complete brief bi-weekly self-report measures during treatment, and complete follow-up assessments immediately post-treatment, and 3- and 6-months later.



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