The incidence of post-traumatic 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, PhD, and led by expert Beck faculty, this Beck Institute specialty workshop will cover cognitive behavioral approaches for PTSD.  Participants will learn exposure techniques and other skills specifically developed to aid clients in accessing salient trauma information, understanding their 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.

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Applicant Prerequisite

This course is appropriate for those with an intermediate to advanced level knowledge in the mental health or medical field.

Doctorate or master’s degree (or equivalent degree for practitioners outside of the US) in a mental health, medical, or related field. Core 1 Workshop recommended.

Workshop Details

Workshop Information

Workshop Duration:

3 Days, Mon – Wed: 8:45am – 4:00pm

Workshop Location:

Beck Institute | Directions


Aaron Brinen, PhD




18 credits

Workshop Curriculum

Workshop topics:

  • Psycho-education about the nature of trauma and PTSD
  • CBT Model of PTSD
  • Identifying values and setting goals
  • Case conceptualization
  • Exposure
  • Cognitive processing
  • Belief change
  • Structuring sessions
  • Decreasing avoidance
  • Addressing non-fear emotions
  • Research

Continuing Education


18 credits

Trainees receive a letter verifying participation in this program.

To request accommodations for disabilities or to address grievances, please contact Allie Jessar at 610-664-3020 ext 235 or email assist@beckinstitute.org

Travel Information

For hotel and travel assistance, contact our travel team.

There are two hotels within walking distance of the Beck Institute. The Hilton City Avenue is directly across the street, and the Crowne Plaza Philadelphia West is about a ten-minute walk away. The Crowne Plaza also offers a shuttle to Beck Institute trainees that will take you to and from our office each morning and afternoon. When you register for a workshop, you will be provided with information to book your room at the “Beck Institute Rate.”

Upcoming Dates

Choose a date below to register. 

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

Scholarship Opportunity

Do you treat active duty military, veterans, or their families? You could be eligible for the Soldier Suicide Prevention Scholarship.