Post Traumatic Stress and Moral Injury Group Therapy Program for Veterans and First Responders

The Center for Post Traumatic Growth (CPTG) provides individual, couples, and group therapy to all eligible clients.

Healing Process

The Center for Post Traumatic Growth (CPTG)  offers time-tested, effective group psychotherapy for traumatized  veterans, first responders, and their families (Keenan, Lumley and Schneider, 2014). The clinicians of CPTG have been providing this treatment program to combat veterans since 2001. We believe that innovative approaches to healing combat trauma and moral injury that reach beyond the treatments offered by the VA are needed. Integrated couple/family services are also imperative for healing trauma in family systems allowing a more full recovery from PTS and Moral Injury.

The programs offered at the CPTG are an intensive, three-phase, outpatient group-therapy program for veterans , first responders, and their family members.

Orientation to the CPTG treatment programs and commitments. Evaluation and referral to additional veterans' services and benefits if appropriate and necessary. Thorough individual clinical assessment, diagnosis and treatment planning by a licensed mental health professional or supervised intern follows based on need and level of commitment.

Phase One: Psychoeducation: Thirteen-week educational group series for veterans, and first responders plus Family Day: a five-hour educational program for veterans, first responders, and their loved ones offered quarterly.

Phase Two: Trauma Focus: Weekly trauma-focused psychotherapy group in which letter writing is used to address unresolved grief, guilt, and shame (see some of the letters written by veterans under the Soldiers’ Stories tab)

Phase Three: Aftercare/Post Traumatic Growth: Bi-weekly and monthly groups focusing on trauma process progression and the domains of Post Traumatic growth for 12 months.

Find our article published in the Journal Psychotherapy, March, 2014.

Group Therapy for Military Sexual Trauma (PTS & Moral Injury)

The group therapy program for Military Sexual Trauma (MST) mirrors the combat stress and moral injury group program in that it focuses on reconnection and empowerment. Betrayal trauma (Freyd, 1998) is at the core of MST. Betrayal trauma occurs when those who are supposed to protect and respect you violate you in the basest ways. The focus of the therapy addresses moral injury inherent in this type of betrayal and focuses on finding a path of reconnection to others and oneself and empowerment by "casting out" the perpetrator(s) in the context of a group of "worthy others" (i.e. those that have experienced the same injuries).

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Couples-Family Group Program

Integrated couple/family services are also imperative for healing the wounds of Post Traumatic Stress and Moral Injury. The Family Program is also a phased outpatient group-therapy program for the loved ones of combat veterans and first responders. This program parallels the PTS/Moral Injury Group Therapy Programs. Additionally, treatment is offered for couples and individual families to support the healing of the family system.

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