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Single-session early psychological interventions following traumatic events.

04 Aug

A new review of the literature by Jonathan Bisson of University Hospital in Cardiff, Wales, examines the results of 13 randomized, controlled trials of single session interventions shortly after a traumatic event, to see whether or not symptoms of PTSD were prevented or reduced. As was the case with previous reviews over the past 2 years, this study showed no clinical effect. “With the present evidence”, Bisson writes, “the routine use of single-session interventions following traumatic events cannot be justified. This does not mean that there should be nothing offered, as many individuals involved in traumatic events clearly have emotional needs. Hopefully, future research will identify alternative forms of early intervention that prove useful to those individuals who would otherwise develop more significant psychological difficulties.”


Citation: Bisson, Jonathan I. Single-session early psychological interventions following traumatic events. Clinical Psychology Review (ISSN: 0272-7358), v. 23, no. 3, pp

Belleruth Naparstek

Psychotherapist, author and guided imagery pioneer Belleruth Naparstek is the creator of the popular Health Journeys guided imagery audio series. Her latest book on imagery and posttraumatic stress, Invisible Heroes: Survivors of Trauma and How They Heal (Bantam Dell), won the Spirituality & Health Top 50 Books Award