Right now, Couple HOPES is only open to couples willing to participate in a research study testing this online, self-help program. If you or your partner are experiencing PTSD symptoms, fill out the form below and you will each receive a brief screening survey. Once your surveys are complete, we will reach out to let you know if you are eligible to participate! We are studying the Couple HOPES program for people who are experiencing PTSD symptoms and for those experiencing symptoms or struggling with stress in relation to a COVID-19 event. All information is kept confidential.
Our team developed Couple HOPES to make help more accessible. Couple HOPES is an online, self-help intervention that brings the scientifically-identified elements of effective PTSD treatment into your home to improve PTSD symptoms and enhance relationships.
The Couple HOPES team is made up of clinical psychologists, psychology students, postdoctoral fellows and digital media experts from the IMPACT Lab at Ryerson University and the TULiP Lab at York University. We are committed to developing clinically relevant, original research aimed at decreasing individual PTSD symptoms, as well as improving relationships. We created this program to provide high-quality care that also overcomes the stigma associated with seeking mental health services and the logistical, economic, geographic, and social barriers to help.
The goal of this study is to test an online, guided, self-help program for individuals with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms and their intimate partners: Couple HOPES (Helping Overcome PTSD and Enhance Satisfaction). Additional goals of this guided self-help program are to increase access to interventions that may improve PTSD symptoms, enhance relationships, and improve individual mental health and well-being.
No, information collected for the purpose of this research study will be kept confidential, as required by law. To safeguard your confidentiality, numerous measures have been taken.
Currently we are offering the program for FREE for any couples who screen eligible to take part in the program. We are not offering a paid version of the Couple HOPES program at this time. Additionally, participants will be compensated up to $52.50 CAD or $43.40 USD in Tim Hortons or Starbucks gift cards. The participant may choose which card they receive.
Each couple is granted 8 weeks to complete the Couple HOPES program. The average time couples take to complete the Couple HOPES program is anywhere from 6 to 8 weeks. However, we have had a select few couples who have completed the Couple HOPES program sooner. We encourage couples to move through the Couple HOPES program at a pace that works for them, our coaches are trained to identify that pace with each couple.
The Couple HOPES coaches are trained members of the research team, each member has an educational background in psychology and has been trained to utilize the Couple HOPES platform. It is important to stress that your coach is not a clinical psychologist, therapist, or a clinician, and will not be providing therapy. They are trained to help you use the self-help program to get the most out of it.
Our team is working to enroll 140 couples into the Couple HOPES research study. After our team reaches this goal we plan to build additional working capacity to open the program to more couples.