Cognitive Behavioral Conjoint Therapy for PTSD: Fourth Dyad Begins Treatment

On July 7, 2017, the fourth dyad received their first experimental treatment our new study of MDMA combined with Cognitive Behavioral Conjoint Therapy (CBCT) for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) at our Charleston, South Carolina site led by Principal Investigator, Michael Mithoefer, M.D., and Sub-Investigator, Candice Monson, Ph.D. The fourth dyad was enrolled on June 29. Three dyads have finished receiving experimental treatments, and will now move on to follow-up interviews.

The study will enroll dyads comprised of one participant diagnosed with PTSD and one concerned significant other who does not have PTSD but does experience psychosocial distress. MDMA will be administered to both participants to help facilitate communication and connection between participants and therapists. The primary goal of this study is to develop a combined method of MDMA with CBCT for PTSD. This is the first MAPS-sponsored MDMA study conducted with VA-affiliated researchers and the first to employ measures developed for the DSM-5. There are several important reasons to include significant others in PTSD treatment, in addition to the data supporting the efficacy of CBCT for PTSD. Learn more…

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