By US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)
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If you are a Soldier, Sailor, Airman, or Marine or Veteran experiencing difficulties due to a traumatic experience (for example, combat, deployment experience, or sexual assault), the PE Coach mobile application (app) may be part of the solution. PE Coach is designed to be used during psychotherapy provided by a behavioral health professional who is trained in Prolonged Exposure (PE) therapy. By itself this smartphone app is not sufficient to treat posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). PE Coach is not a self-help tool. However, military Veterans, Service members, and others with symptoms of PTSD who are receiving PE treatment can work together with their therapist to use the tools in this app during PE therapy to process the traumatic experience and reduce anxiety and fear.
The app will guide you through the exercises assigned by your therapist and allows you to track and record your progress in treatment. In addition, the app provides you with techniques such as controlled breathing that will help you tolerate and decrease your distress. PE Coach will help you remember and track your upcoming therapy sessions. You and your therapist will be able to audio record your sessions directly onto your phone so that you can review them later as part of your treatment.
This app is based on the Oxford University Press treatment workbook for PE, “Reclaiming your Life From a Traumatic Experience”. The app was designed with military Service members in mind but will be useful to any trauma survivor participating in PE treatment.
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What's New in Version 1.1
Fixes and Enhancements
My therapist uses this app with all of her PE patients who have phones capable of supporting it. It's great for its purposes. But PLEASE let me lock my screen when I'm listening to the recording homework. I understand not being able to call, text, multitask because that's counterproductive to the treatment. But if I accidentally touch my screen, or one of my animals do during a session, I have to start over. That is also counterproductive. Just let me lock my screen in the next update. Please. Please. Please.
The app has a lot of good tools and information, I like the session recording feature and the homework section. I use my iPad and my phone and the app doesn't sync between devices nor does it save information in the iCloud. These features are desirable because I have trouble seeing my phone but would love to be able to listen to my sessions while I'm out running errands. I will put in the extra work to make it happen.
Useful app yet there should be an option to scroll (fast forward) through the recorded sessions. If I'm listening to a session and receive a phone call, text, etc, it's annoying going back into the app and having to listen to the entire session all over again!
- Category: Health & Fitness
- Updated: Jul 31, 2012
- Version: 1.1
- Size: 2.2 MB
- Language: English
- Seller: US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)
- © US Department of Veterans Affairs
Compatibility: Requires iOS 4.3 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.