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.

Scholarship Opportunity

Do you treat active duty or veteran military members or their families? You are eligible for our Soldier Suicide Prevention Scholarship.

Workshop Details

Day 1: CBT for PTSD and Prolonged Exposure Therapy

  • Introduction and Overview of CBT
  • Introduction to Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
  • Prolonged Exposure Therapy- Introduction, Theoretical Rational, Empirical Support
  • Prolonged Exposure Therapy Session by Session Guide

Day 2: Cognitive Processing Therapy

  • Cognitive Processing Therapy Introduction, Theoretical Rational, Empirical Support
  • Cognitive Processing Therapy Session by Session Guide
  • Advances in Cognitive Therapy

Day 3: Advanced Topics in CBT for PTSD

  • Trauma, PTSD, and Suicide- Discussion and Experiential Exercise
  • Safety Planning and Introduction to CBT for the Prevention of Suicide
  • Dysfunctional Therapist Reactions and Self-Care Resources and Recommendations

Workshop Objectives

  1. Use specific procedures to promote recovery in individuals with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  2. Elicit personal aspirations using imagery to motivate work on PTSD symptoms
  3. Use a cognitive conceptualization of PTSD to remove obstacles to recovery
  4. Describe how to treat core symptoms of PTSD and common comorbidities
  5. Discuss how to adjust therapy for comorbidities and excessive avoidance
  6. Use effective interventions to change beliefs and promote long-term change and progress toward recovery
  7. Identify beliefs and procedures to deal with non-fear based emotions, such as fear and guilt
  8. Describe how to plan for maintenance and relapse prevention
  9. Identify therapist beliefs that might interfere with clinical decisions
  10. Apply processing to develop context in which to understand the traumatic experience and associated reactions

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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.