This trial is active, not recruiting.

Conditions posttraumatic stress disorder, khat use disorder
Treatment integrated psychotherapeutic intervention
Sponsor University of Konstanz
Collaborator Africa Mental Health Foundation
Start date January 2015
End date September 2015
Trial size 20 participants
Trial identifier NCT02259530, 01DG13020_a


The research project will offer psychotherapeutic treatment to Somali refugees with PTSD and comorbid khat dependence. In this case series, evidence-based techniques will be applied and adapted to the cultural background of Somali refugees in Kenya.

United States No locations recruiting
Other countries No locations recruiting

Study Design

Intervention model single group assignment
Masking open label
Primary purpose treatment
Integrated treatment of khat use disorder and PTSD
integrated psychotherapeutic intervention
Evidence-based standard tools for the treatment of PTSD and comorbid khat dependence: Community Reinforcement Approach, Relapse Prevention, Narrative Exposure Therapy

Primary Outcomes

Posttraumatic Stress Diagnostic Scale (PDS)
time frame: 3 months
Time-Line Follow Back(TLFB)
time frame: 3 months

Secondary Outcomes

Hopkins Symptom Checklist (HSCL)
time frame: 3 months

Eligibility Criteria

Male participants at least 18 years old.

Inclusion Criteria: PTSD (DSM-IV) Khat Dependence (DSM-IV) Exclusion Criteria: Severe Psychotic Disorder Suicidality Mental Disability

Additional Information

Official title Sustainable and Adapted Treatment Strategies to Restore Psychological Functioning and Mental Health Among Displaced Somalis: Preparation of a Multicenter Treatment Study (P114/02/2014): Pilot Study 3.
Description More than 500.000 Somali refugees live in Kenya. This group is especially burdened by high rates of exposure to traumatic events, high prevalence of PTSD and a high comorbidity with substance use disorders, mainly related to khat (catha edulis). There's a shortage of literature on psychotherapeutic methods that are applicable in this group. The aim of this case series is to develop modifications of standard therapeutic techniques to the Somali culture and to the needs of this group. Twenty successive cases will be recruited from a community clinic where refugees often seek for treatment because of psychiatric problems. Senior level psychotherapists will apply and adapt techniques and approaches like Community Reinforcement Approach (CRA), Relapse Prevention (RP), and Narrative Exposure Therapy (NET); all sessions will be video recorded. Regular supervision with external experts and group discussions will be held to evaluate and adapt the single procedures and techniques. The aim of this study is the development of a standardized approach that can be used in a Randomized Controlled Trial which will be conduced in the future.
Trial information was received from ClinicalTrials.gov and was last updated in November 2015.
Information provided to ClinicalTrials.gov by University of Konstanz.