Investigating the utility of Compassionate Mind Training for ex-service personnel and their partners on psychological distress, PTSD symptom severity, and relationship satisfaction

Abstract

Aim: The aim of this study is to investigate the utility of Compassionate Mind Training (CMT) for ex-service personnel with PTSD and their partners, and determine if the training has an impact on compassion, psychological symptom severity, quality of life as well as relationship satisfaction.

Method: Given the novel application of this intervention, a non-controlled pilot design was used. Participants included ex-service personnel with a diagnosis of PTSD and their partners. The CMT program included 12 two-hour sessions, facilitated twice-weekly for six weeks by two clinical psychologists. Participants completed outcomes measures at baseline, post-program, and at 3-months follow-up. Participants also provided qualitative feedback at the end of the program.

Implications: Evidence from prior CMT interventions has demonstrated that participants see an increase in compassion and a reduction in psychological symptoms. As such, it is expected that ex-service personnel and their partners may experience an increase in compassion towards themselves and towards others as well as a potential reduction of psychological symptom severity including PTSD, depression and anxiety. Findings of this study will also inform the feasibility of conducting a larger controlled trial of CMT for ex-service personnel and their partners, as well as the application of compassion focussed interventions more broadly to the veteran population.

Recruitment website: survey.websurveycreator.com/s/CompassionateMindTraining

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