Frequently Asked Questions
Can I participate in Optimizing PTSD treatments (OPT)?
In order to determine if you are eligible for OPT, please call us (Seattle, WA: 206-685-3617; Cleveland, OH: 216-368-0338). Our staff would be happy to conduct a brief phone interview to determine if OPT might be right for you.
Do all OPT participants receive treatment for PTSD?
Yes. All participants will receive at least 10 weeks of prolonged exposure or prolonged exposure plus sertraline at no cost. Please see the OPT treatments link to learn more about these treatments.
Are the treatments used in OPT effective at treating PTSD?
Yes. Research has shown that prolonged exposure and sertraline are two effective treatments for PTSD. To learn more about these treatments (including potential risks and benefits) please visit the OPT treatments link.
Can I choose which treatment I receive?
Maybe. Half of the OPT participants will choose their treatment and half will be randomly assigned to a treatment. So, if you participate in OPT, you need to be willing to receive either treatment (prolonged exposure or prolonged exposure plus sertraline).
How much time does the OPT study take?
If you choose to participate in OPT, your involvement would be for a period of approximately 1 year.
For the first 10 weeks, you would receive approximately 2 hours of treatment one time per week. Then, you would participate in 4 follow-up assessments over the course of 9 months. Each of the follow-up assessments takes approximately 3 hours to complete.
How much does it cost to participate in OPT?
There is no cost to participate in OPT. Participants will be compensated for their participation in post-treatment assessments.
If I live outside of Cleveland, OH or Seattle, WA, can I participate in OPT?
In order to participate in OPT, you need to travel to Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH or The University of Washington in Seattle, WA for all treatment and assessments.
How do I sign up for OPT?
Please call us:
Seattle, WA: 206-685-3617
Cleveland, OH: 216-368-0338
Our staff would be happy to provide you with more information about the OPT study and conduct a brief interview to determine if you might be eligible for OPT.