WHY SCIENTIFIC RECOGNITION?
Science is convincing. Somatic Experiencing™ can become more interesting to therapists and patients. In some countries (including Germany) scientific recognition is an important step for recognition in social welfare law (financial support through health insurance).
WHEN IS A THERAPEUTIC METHOD SCIENTIFICALLY RECOGNIZED?According to a commission of the American Psychological Association (APA), for a treatment to be scientifically recognized or empirically supported it must show statistically significant better outcomes than when compared to a control group. For statistical validity the number of participants needs to be greater then thirty ( Fydrich & Schneider, 2007).
Because we aim at a scientific recognition of the Somatic Experiencing™ Method, we are going to consider national (e.g. Germany Methods of the Scientific Council of Psychotherapy in Germany ) and international criteria (e.g. APA) assessing the quality of a study for planning, implementation and analysis of our study.
Research on Somatic Experiencing™ is still in its infancy.
Previous studies on SE have often been exploratory and show methodical problems (e.g. lack of control group, small sample). To our knowledge there is one study on Somatic Experiencing™ in PTSD patients that meets the validity and methodological criteria. This randomized controlled study was performed by Danny Brom, Yaffa Stokar, Cathy Lawi, Vered Nuriel-Porat, Yuval Ziv, Karen Lerner and Gina Ross in 2017 and the results suggest that Somatic Experiencing™ is an effective method for the treatment of PTSD. If we can replicate these findings it would be an important step in the scientific recognition of Somatic Experiencing™.
Research articles on Somatic Experiencing™ You can find an overview of peer reviewed research articles on the Website of the Somatic Experiencing™ Trauma Institute, and a selection of published research articles on the Website of the SE Research Coalition.
Our study is a randomized controlled trial on the effectiveness of Somatic Experiencing (SE)™ for the treatment of PTSD patients. This kind of study is the best base to provide empirical evidence fora therapeutic treatment. Controlled is the study when the result of a study group (here Somatic Experiencing™) are compared to those of the control group (here wait group). Randomization means, that the assignment to one of the treatment conditions (here SE vs. waitlist) is random. A big sample increases the generalizability of the results thus we will include minimum 62 participants. The study starts in the summer of 2019 and is conducted in the German-speaking area (Germany, Switzerland, Austria).