Intensive Clinical Program for Families of the Fallen

As the rates of suicide among Service Members and Veterans have risen, so too has the number of family members impacted by the loss. In 2017, Home Base, in collaboration  with Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS), established a first-in-the nation program for survivors of traumatic loss that combines evidence-based treatment for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder(PTSD) and Complicated Grief (CG).

The two-week Intensive Clinical Program for Families of the Fallen (ICPFF) provides 63 hours of treatment and starts these survivor family members on a path of recovery from their grief and re-connection to them themselves and to hope.

Home Base’s ICP for Families of the Fallen Provides:

  • Individual Therapy (Prolonged Exposure, Cognitive Processing Therapy, Complicated Grief Therapy)
  • Group Grief Therapy and Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Education
  • Group Stress Reduction and Resiliency Training
  • Fitness Instruction
  • Integrative Therapies, e.g., Yoga, Art

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The Need

Evidence-based treatments for post-traumatic stress and complicated grief remain very difficult for family members surviving veteran suicide to access. With consideration for the full range of normal and complicated grief reactions survivors experience, Home Base’s ICP for Families of the Fallen provides a safe space in which survivors are treated with gold standard therapies for PTSD and Complicated Grief and provided training in skills to sustain treatment gains.  At the conclusion of the two-week treatment, individualized case management services ensure a smooth transition of patients back to their home communities.

The Impact

To date, Home Base has treated 61 widow survivors of military suicide from 30 states across the country through this clinical program,. Symptoms of PTSD, complicated grief, and depression significantly improve.

“Home Base provided an unbelievable opportunity for me to finally begin to recover from the grief I have been experiencing for the past eleven years. When I returned home, my family and friends saw a new person in me, ready to begin to experience life in a new way. I became much more open to trying new things and trusting in others.”

What does this program entail?

The Intensive Clinical Program for Survivors is a two-week outpatient program that treats co-occurring PTSD, Complicated Grief, and depression. It is a service of the Department of Psychiatry, Massachusetts General Hospital. Treatment consists of individual evidence-based psychotherapy for PTSD (PE and CPT), group therapy for Complicated Grief, group In Vivo, Dialectical Behavior Therapy skills and mindfulness training, and wellness practice through yoga, fitness, nutrition, and art therapy.

How can I request additional information about the program?

Contact the Home Base Main number: 617-724-5202 OR write to us through Connect to Care on our website.