Couple HOPES (Helping Overcome PTSD and Enhance Satisfaction)

Title: Couple HOPES (Helping Overcome PTSD and Enhance Satisfaction)

Description: Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) will be a severe problem in Canada in the wake of COVID-19, especially for Military Members, Veterans, First Responders, and Healthcare Workers (MVFH). However, gold standard face-to-face PTSD treatments do not meet current MVFH needs, which requires virtual interventions and minimal healthcare resources. Recognizing the need for a virtual, low-resource PTSD intervention for MVFH with PTSD and their loved ones, the investigators developed Couple HOPES (Helping Overcome PTSD and Enhance Satisfaction). Couple HOPES is a secure, online self-help intervention for those with PTSD and their partners. However, MVFH are now particularly likely to be exposed to traumas related to COVID-19. It is essential to identify if Couple HOPES is safe and helpful for couples involving MVFH with COVID-19-related PTSD specifically. This project will therefore test the efficacy of Couple HOPES compared to a delayed waitlist control in 140 couples wherein one member is a MVFH with PTSD, half of whom have COVID-19-related PTSD. The investigators will examine if Couple HOPES is helpful in improving PTSD symptoms and relationship satisfaction for such couples, and if it is more or less helpful to this end for these couples compared to those with other forms of trauma exposure.

Specifics: Study Population:
The study population includes couples that have at least one member of the couple who is a service member, veteran, first responder, or healthcare worker with significant symptoms of PTSD.

Participant Obligation:
Both members of the couple must be willing to do intervention modules together, have a computer and access to high-speed Internet, have brief phone calls with a “coach” to help them use the online program, and complete online questionnaires.

Location: Online - Toronto, Ontario

Project lead: Skye Fitzpatrick

Study Dates: March 31, 2020 to December 31, 2021

Study Website: https://couplehopes.com/signup