Based on the positive experience with women's TREM at Community Connections and at other agencies around the country and, because there are significant reasons to believe that gender-specific interventions trauma recovery may contribute to enhanced effectiveness, clinical staff members at Community Connections have developed a companion group approach for men: the Men's Trauma Recovery and Empowerment Model (M-TREM), a 24-session group for male trauma survivors. Though several individual and group approaches to trauma recovery have addressed male trauma survivors, virtually all of these have focused on combat veterans (rather than survivors of childhood abuse and other violence in adulthood) and/or on chronic PTSD (rather than on the unique needs of men with a range of other mental health and/or substance abuse problems). M-TREM has been conducted over the past 30 months at Community Connections and in other mental health settings. Initial feedback from participants and clinicians indicate that it is a safe, feasible, and engaging intervention with the capacity to retain men with multiple problems in trauma-focused treatment.
In this project, funded by NIMH in 2005 and drawing on a longstanding partnership between Community Connections and the Dartmouth Psychiatric Research Center, we proposed to refine and revise our treatment manual and develop supporting materials (including a revised fidelity scale) for this men’s version of the TREM intervention. We proposed further to assess the effectiveness of M-TREM in a pilot study with randomized assignment of participants to two conditions: a Services as Usual comparison group and an M-TREM plus Services as Usual experimental group. This pilot study is currently under way and will address not only process variables related to the group implementation but will examine outcomes in PTSD, anger and hostility, other mental health symptoms, and interpersonal quality of life.
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