(Shared on behalf of Couples HOPES)
A research team in the Department of Psychology at Ryerson University has developed a free intervention for military members, veterans, first responders, and healthcare workers with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and their loved ones called Couple HOPES (www.couplehopes.com). Couples HOPES is an online, guided, self-help intervention for couples to improve PTSD and enhance relationship functioning at the same time.
Couple HOPES was developed by experts in PTSD and relationship therapies from the IMPACT Lab at Ryerson University and the TULiP Lab at York University. Both labs are committed to developing clinically relevant, original research aimed at decreasing individual PTSD symptoms, as well as improving relationships. This program was created to provide high-quality care that also overcomes the stigma associated with seeking mental health services and the logistical, economic, geographic, and social barriers to help.
The current study testing involves freely providing our online intervention to military members, veterans, first responders, and healthcare workers with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and their romantic partners, if they are eligible.
Couple HOPES is designed to help promote resistance, resilience, and recovery for those who are likely to encounter a serious traumatic event or critical incident.