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Past Research

1. Planned Dream Intervention approach for stopping traumatic nightmares in UK veterans: a multi-site control trial


Researcher's name: Justin Havens

University: Anglia Ruskin University

Outline of project: The core concept of this approach was that dream content can be influenced by conscious thoughts and imagery and that this can be used to permanently end a nightmare.  Justin’s work involved teaching behavioural skills to individuals to provide the capability for them to stop their own nightmares. TBC…. 

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Next Steps: Justin has trained up therapists in the London Fire Brigade, Rape Crisis and Combat Stress and has spoken at the European Traumatic Stress Studies Conference on this work and is also about to crowdfund to create a 5-minute teaching video using animations and voiceover. TBC….


2.Community Reinforcement and Family Training (CRAFT)


Researcher's name: King’s Centre for Mental Health Research

University: King’s College London

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Outline of project: Community Reinforcement and Family Training (CRAFT) is a method of intervention to help significant others of those suffering with addictive disorders to seek help. CRAFT includes coaching significant others to motivate their loved ones to seek help and helping them deal with crises related to their loved ones' mental health problems.

The CRAFT protocol was then adapted for veterans (VA-CRAFT) focusing on veteran-specific contents including PTSD, AUD or both. In order to pilot VA-CRAFT within the UK ex-Service population, King’s College London proposed anglicising this U.S. model to create UKV-CRAFT.

The research was conducted by King’s Centre for Mental Health Research and the interventions were delivered through the Help for Heroes Hidden Wounds psychological wellbeing service.

Results of the study will be available from December 2019.

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