Updated Resource for Treating Sexual Trauma

South Central MIRECC Clinical Education Products

New and Featured Clinical Education Products- March 2021

Updated Resource for Treating Sexual Trauma

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Courage Group

The Courage Group was developed as a 12-week outpatient therapy group for Veterans who had experienced sexual trauma by Drs. Dana Foley and Michelle Sherman in 1995. This included Veterans with a history of childhood sexual abuse, sexual assault in adulthood, and military sexual trauma (MST). This educational group draws on cognitive and behavioral principles to promote healing, self-discovery, and self-efficacy. The revised manual includes:

  • Specific information about the experience of MST and its impact on functioning.
  • Addition of four new topic areas – “Surviving Military Sexual Trauma,” “Grief and Loss,” “Self-forgiveness,” and “Moving Forward.”
  • A modular design that allows clinicians to vary the length of treatment according to specific group needs or the clinical setting (e.g., specialty mental health, primary care).
  • Removal of imaginal exposure from the treatment protocol.
  • A new companion patient workbook that includes all in-session activities and recommended homework assignments. This workbook is intended to supplement treatment. It should NOT be used as a self-help guide.
  • Published 1995 | Updated 2021


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The mission of the South Central MIRECC is to promote equity in engagement, access, and quality of mental health care for Veterans facing barriers to care, especially rural Veterans. New and featured clinical education product updates are produced by the SC MIRECC Education Core. Email us at VISN16SCMIRECCEducation@va.gov. Visit us at https://www.mirecc.va.gov/VISN16/index.asp.


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