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Cognitive Resctructuring and Imagery Modification (CRIM): a brief and non-exposure-based treatment for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

KEYNOTE: Cognitive Resctructuring and Imagery Modification (CRIM): a brief and non-exposure-based treatment for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

Cognitive restructuring and imagery modification (CRIM) is a brief intervention that was first developed to change the feelings of being contaminated in victims of childhood sexual abuse suffering from PTSD (Steil, Jung, &Stangier, 2011). It consists of the cognitive restructuring of core trauma-related dysfunctional beliefs about the self and the use of imagery to encourage more functional beliefs. Rational knowledge alone is often not helpful in changing the patients’ underlying emotions (Jung & Steil, 2012). Therefore, emotionally held beliefs are addressed through imagery modification, which has been proven to change implicit associations and dysfunctional beliefs in emotional disorders (Arntz, 2012). Two pre-post and one randomized controlled trial showed that CRIM was effective for reducing posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in survivors of childhood sexual abuse (CSA) and also after other traumas. The interventions comprised only two to three sessions and no formal exposure to trauma memories. Patients showed significant improvements in clinician rated and self-reported PTSD, with large pretreatment to follow-up effect sizes compared to the results of recent meta-analyses. CRIM canbeusedas a brief and non-exposure-based treatment for PTSD. The talk will outline the treatment, summarize the empirical data and provide future reserach perspectives.