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Table 3 Structure of Nguvu intervention

From: Developing an integrated intervention to address intimate partner violence and psychological distress in Congolese refugee women in Tanzania

Session Topic Description Homework Activities
1. Empowerment/ Advocacy (120 min) Advocacy and safety plan • Information on IPV
• Discussing psychological distress
• Danger assessment
• Safety plan and emergency plan
Safety plan
2. CPT (120 min) Intro to CPT in Nguvu • Introducing group rules and overview of Nguvu sessions
• Stuck thoughts
• Explanation of thoughts and feelings
• Treatment goals
Notice and explore thoughts and distress related to IPV
3. CPT + Relaxation (120 min) ABCs • Introduction of ABCs
• Exploring stuck points
• Group relaxationa
Daily practice of ABCs and relaxation task
4. CPT (120 min) Stuck points and thinking questions • Changing thoughts and feelings
• Thinking questions
• Exploring stuck thoughts
Daily practice of ABCs and exploration of stuck thoughts; relaxation task
5. CPT (120 min) Learning safety and trust • Introduction to safety and trust
• Stuck thoughts related to trust
Daily practice of ABCs, thinking questions and changing thoughts
6. CPT (120 min) Power, control and self-esteem • Introduction to power/control issues related to self and others
• Challenging questions for control issues
• Self-esteem
• Caring related to self and others
Daily practice of ABCs, thinking questions and changing thoughts; self-care
7. CPT (60–120 min) CPT Review • Discuss the impact of distressing events
• Planning for the future
Daily practice of ABCs, thinking questions and changing thoughts; self-care; revise safety plan; relaxation exercise
8. Empowerment/ Advocacy (120 min) Review of advocacy and safety plan • Review safety plan
• Advocacy
• Coping and support methods
  1. aGroup relaxation was added to session 3 and is not part of the traditional CPT manual