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Merging the mind and body: A bibliographic review of Embodiment as an integrative approach with Prolonged Exposure and Cognitive Processing Therapy working with Combat-Related Posttraumatic Stress Disorder


Merging the mind and body: A bibliographic review of Embodiment as an integrative approach with Prolonged Exposure and Cognitive Processing Therapy working with Combat-Related Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

Holden, Asha L. (2017) Merging the mind and body: A bibliographic review of Embodiment as an integrative approach with Prolonged Exposure and Cognitive Processing Therapy working with Combat-Related Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. Masters thesis, Concordia University.

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The aim of this bibliographic research is to study embodying techniques and the U.S. Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA)-approved Cognitive Behavioral Therapies (CBTs)—Prolonged Exposure (PE) and Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT)—in relation to working with U.S. Veterans experiencing symptoms of combat-related Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). The review of embodiment and CBT can help open doors to exploring a therapeutic approach that connects the mind and body when working with PTSD symptoms. This study was inspired by the growing number U.S. Veterans struggling with combat-related PTSD and seeking help from the VA. Literature has shown that while PE and CPT are supported by the VA, they have low participation and/or high attrition rates. Current discussions in U.S. legislation have begun to explore the benefits of the Creative Arts Therapies (CATs) as Complementary and Alternative Medicines (CAMs) when working with U.S. Veterans (Americans for the Arts, AFTA, 2017). A thorough investigation of the literature found that embodiment: fosters reconnection with the body, improves life satisfaction and symptom reduction, and bypasses Alexithymia. More research is needed to determine the specific ways embodiment can be incorporated in PE and/or CPT practices to encourage post-traumatic growth for U.S. Veterans and Service Members.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Fine Arts > Creative Arts Therapies
Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Authors:Holden, Asha L.
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:M.A.
Program:Creative Arts Therapies
Date:1 May 2017
Thesis Supervisor(s):Harnden, Bonnie
Keywords:combat-related posttraumatic stress disorder, drama therapy, embodiment, u.s. veterans, military personnel, service members, prolonged exposure, cognitive processing therapy, bibliographic review
ID Code:982516
Deposited By: ASHA HOLDEN
Deposited On:23 Jun 2021 16:08
Last Modified:23 Jun 2021 16:08


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