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PBB MISSION AWARDS – 2011

TRANSDIAGNOSTIC MINDFULNESS-BASED RESILIENCE PROGRAM FOR TRAUMA: A PILOT TEST

AMIT BERNSTEIN
UNIVERSITY OF HAIFA, ISRAEL
ANKA VUJANOVIC AND BRETT LITZ
NATIONAL CENTER FOR PTSD-BEHAVIORAL SCIENCE DIVISION, VA BOSTON HEALTHCARE SYSTEM AND MENTAL HEALTH CORE OF THE MASSACHUSETTS VETERNS EPIDEMIOLOGICAL RESEARCH AND INFORMATION CENTER, USA
The purpose of this pilot study is to evaluate the efficacy of a 4-session mindfulness training intervention – the  Transdiagnostic Mindfulness-Based Resilience Program for Trauma (TMRP-T).  The TMRP-T is a brief, early intervention adapted from long – established mindfulness-based approaches intended to build resilience following trauma and thereby promote behavioral and psychological health. TMRP-T aims to promote mindfulness, which entails awareness and acceptance of present moment experience. TMRP-T will be tested among a diverse population of adults from northern Israel reporting exposure to past trauma and who are inherently at risk for chronic exposure to violent conflict and terrorism. Israel sadly provides on ‘ecological experimental laboratory’ for studying chronic traumatic stress, thus offering an optimal context to conduct the proposed research. Because mindfulness practice holds the promise of reducing vulnerability to multiple trauma-related sequelae, it is expected that participation in the TMRP-T will lead to significant reduction in symptom levels and the rate of onset of new cases of the prevalent and debilitating psychological sequelae of trauma exposure: a) PTSD, b) depression, c) anxiety, and d) functional impairment and quality of life. The project is currently slated to begin in Summer 2011.