AIP-based professional intervention program for adversity for trauma and stress reduction in groups: A pilot study in Ethiopia

Description

Introduction
Drawing from the principles of EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) therapy and the AIP model, the Professional Intervention Program for Adversity (PIPA) was developed with the objective of amalgamating low-intensity group exercises into a unified framework, as a comprehensive intervention for group therapy. The PIPA Program integrates various aspects of EMDR therapy—such as stabilization, resourcing, desensitization, reprocessing, and forming beliefs about the self and future— into a cohesive program. The program’s structure includes self-regulation exercises, the Pillars of Life, the Flash Technique, and the Quadrants exercise.

Methods
The PIPA Program was administered to more than 220 individuals with a high probability of traumatization by the two-year civil war in Ethiopia (2020-2022).

Results
The results of this study show a statistically significant improvement in PTSD symptoms on PCL-5 scores (from M = 38.58 to M = 20.59) after completing the entire PIPA Program and statistically significant lower SUDS scores within the program segments of the Flash Technique and the Quadrants exercises.

Discussion
Future studies should explore the long-term effects of the PIPA Program and its broader application across different therapeutic contexts. The findings suggest that the PIPA Program is a promising group-based intervention for trauma treatment that is safe and effective, especially in non-clinical settings and for culturally diverse populations.

Format

Journal

Language

English

Author(s)

Solomon Woldemariam
Dorothy Ashman
Esly Carvalho
Sik-Lam Wong
Raquel Hoersting

Original Work Citation

Woldemariam, S., Ashman, D., Carvalho, E., Wong, S.-L., & Hoersting, R. (2024). AIP-based professional intervention program for adversity for trauma and stress reduction in groups: A pilot study in Ethiopia. Frontiers in Psychiatry, 15, 1351713. doi:10.3389/fpsyt.2024.1351713

Collection

Citation

“AIP-based professional intervention program for adversity for trauma and stress reduction in groups: A pilot study in Ethiopia,” Francine Shapiro Library, accessed July 25, 2024, https://francineshapirolibrary.omeka.net/items/show/29231.

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