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Brief Restructuring Intervention Following Trauma Exposure (BRITE)

Brief Restructuring Intervention Following Trauma Exposure (BRITE)

Following sexual assault a substantial number of victims will go on to develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or alcohol use disorders (AUD). Intervening early, in the initial weeks following sexual assault, can provide victims with coping strategies that can decrease the likelihood of developing chronic symptoms.

This project is designed to adapt existing empirically supported cognitive treatment principles for both PTSD and AUD symptoms to be delivered acutely (within 10 weeks of assault) in a brief one session format followed by 4 weekly coaching calls. The first 6 participants enrolled will receive the intervention and provide us with feedback on strengths and weaknesses of the protocol to help us improve it (Open Trial).

In the next phase, the pilot testing phase, the study will enroll 38 women to complete the one session intervention followed by 4 once per week coaching calls. Participants will then be assessed again for symptoms of PTSD and alcohol use behavior at post treatment and 3 month follow-up. This brief intervention group will be compared at both post assessment and the 12 week follow-up to a group of 38 women who receive weekly symptom monitoring only.

Thus, this research aims to provide information on the efficacy of the intervention compared to the natural recovery process. This research is significant in its potential to use a very brief and easy to access treatment to decrease the development of chronic psychopathology in a high risk group of women.

Participant Eligibility

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Female gender
  • Age > 18 years
  • Unwanted sexual experience in the last 2-10 weeks
  • Drinking more than 4 drinks on two occasions in the last month
  • English fluency
  • Available to participate for 5 weeks
  • Access to a telephone

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Acutely suicidal with intent/plan
  • Exhibit current psychosis


Heidi Ojalehto
(206) 543-7850

Additional Study Details

Full Study Title
Developing a Brief Early Cognitive Intervention for PTSD and Alcohol Misuse

Study ID: 50349-EG
Start Date: 03/20/2015
End Date: 02/28/2021

PI: Michele Bedard-Gilligan
Co-I: Debra Kaysen
Co-I: Tracy Simpson
Co-I: Tatiana Masters
Co-I: Cynthia Stappenbeck

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Study Site(s)

University of Washington

1100 NE 45th St Suite 300
Seattle, Washington 98105


Use the link below to send a message to the study coordinator, or call the number above to speak directly with a study representative.

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