Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

Specialty Workshop

The incidence of posttraumatic stress disorder in the general population is as high as 8%, and in the active military and veteran population as high as 17%.  Given the impact of PTSD on individuals and families affected by this condition, dissemination and implementation of effective treatments is a high priority.  Under the direction of Judith S. Beck, Ph.D., and led by Aaron Brinen, Psy.D., this Beck Institute specialty workshop will cover cognitive behavioral therapies which result in remission or a decrease in the severity of PTSD and the accompanying depressive and anxious symptoms.  Participants will learn exposure techniques and other skills specifically developed to aid survivors in accessing salient trauma information, understanding his or her reactions and achieving a realistic perspective on the traumatic event.  An in-depth explanation and illustration of prolonged exposure, a primary intervention for PTSD, will be included, as well as cognitive techniques for imaginal revisiting of the trauma memory.  Role-plays and other experiential exercises will be conducted throughout.

The workshop often features a special question and answer and role-play session with Dr. Aaron Beck. Participants are encouraged to prepare or have in mind cases for discussion or role-play.

[This training is geared towards certification in CBT through the Academy of Cognitive Therapy and includes 18 CE/CME credits]

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Applicant Prerequisite:

Doctorate or master's degree (or equivalent degree for practioners outside of the U.S.) in a mental health, medical, or related field. Core 1 Workshop recommended.

Workshop Duration:

3 Days, Mon-Wed: 8:45am - 4:00pm

Workshop Location:

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18 credits

Workshop Curriculum:

Workshop topics:

  • Cognitive Model of PTSD
  • Emotional Processing Theory
  • Conceptualizing individual clients with PTSD
  • Planning Treatment
  • Structuring Sessions
  • Prolonged Exposure
  • Imaginal and in vivo exposure
  • Skills training
  • Reducing episodes of dissociation
  • Strategies and techniques for changing key beliefs in PTSD
  • Behavioral activation
  • Actions Plans
  • Planning for termination and relapse prevention

Trainees receive a letter verifying participation in this program.


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Travel and hotel information

Our Beck Travel Representative is available to help plan your trip to Philadelphia and can secure preferred rates at the local hotels.

Upcoming Dates

Space is limited. Your payment, due upon acceptance, guarantees your space.

  • Aug 31–Sep 02 2015 Apply