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STAIR Narrative Therapy for Complex Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: Treating Sexual and Gender Minority Trauma
  • Marylene Cloitre
Marylene Cloitre
VA Palo Alto Health Care System

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Complex PTSD (CPTSD) is a new diagnosis in the World Health Organization (WHO)’s International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11). This case study describes the delivery of Skills Training in Affective and Interpersonal Regulation and Narrative Therapy (SNT), a flexible, multi-component therapy that addresses the symptoms of CPTSD. SNT balances interventions that address current day stressors with those that reappraise the meaning of traumatic past events. This paper outlines 16 sessions of SNT with a 55-year-old gay man. The treatment introduces client tailored coping skills for current minority stress, discrimination and micro-aggressions as well as trauma-focused interventions regarding events from his childhood and the death of his partner and many members of his community due to the AIDS epidemic. Qualitative and quantitative outcomes are summarized. Implications regarding the relevance of SNT for sexual and gender minority (SGM) individuals is discussed.
03 Jan 2023Submitted to Journal of Clinical Psychology
04 Jan 2023Submission Checks Completed
04 Jan 2023Assigned to Editor
04 Jan 2023Review(s) Completed, Editorial Evaluation Pending
18 Jan 2023Reviewer(s) Assigned
29 Mar 2023Editorial Decision: Revise Major
02 May 20231st Revision Received
03 May 2023Submission Checks Completed
03 May 2023Assigned to Editor
03 May 2023Review(s) Completed, Editorial Evaluation Pending
02 Jun 2023Reviewer(s) Assigned
19 Jul 2023Editorial Decision: Accept