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This section brings together free in-depth Continuing Education resources for the Professional community concerned with trauma.

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Courses all participants will be able to fully comprehend. Content includes concepts that are considered basic skills/knowledge for those in the field.

Courses participants may more fully comprehend if they have at least some work experience in the topic.

Courses include concepts requiring a high-level of previous educational background or work experience in the topic.

PTSD 101 courses are one-hour presentations by a faculty of recognized experts in the field of traumatic stress. Content is appropriate for both seasoned PTSD professionals and those new to PTSD treatment or care for military personnel.

The Clinical Practice Guideline (CPG) Series provides expert training based on the latest revisions to the VA/DoD Clinical Practice Guideline for PTSD.

Clinical Skills Training courses are multi-hour presentations aimed at teaching specific clinical techniques for treating patients with PTSD.

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What is PTSD?
  • Date Created: 04/ 8/2009
  • Time to Complete: 1 hour
  • Credits: ANCC, APA, ASWB, CA BBS
  • Skill Level: Basic
  • Course Series: PTSD 101
Author(s):

Jessica Hamblen, PhD

PTSD is distinguished from other psychiatric disorders in that there is a known etiological component: and event that involves life threat, serious injury, or death. This course outlines the history of the PTSD diagnosis, provides a detailed description of the DSM-IV diagnostic criteria, and reports prevalence rates.

A discussion of the course of PTSD, common co-occurring conditions, and risk factors for both civilians and Veterans are reported from the National Comorbidity Study and other recent investigations.

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  • Date Created: 02/14/2014
  • Time to Complete: 1 hour
  • Skill Level: Basic
  • Course Series: PTSD 101
Author(s):

Jessica Hamblen, PhD

PTSD is distinguished from other psychiatric disorders in that there is a known etiological component: an event that involves life threat, serious injury, or death. This course provides a detailed description of the DSM-5 diagnostic criteria, risk factors, and evidence-based treatments for PTSD.

The course includes videos of Veterans with PTSD describing their symptoms and clinicans explaining Prolonged Exposure (PE) Therapy and Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT).

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Cognitive Behavioral Psychotherapies for PTSD
  • Date Created: 04/ 8/2009
  • Time to Complete: 1 hour
  • Credits: ANCC, APA, ASWB, CA BBS
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Course Series: PTSD 101
Author(s):

Candice Monson, PhD

Learn about effective psychotherapy treatments for PTSD. The course outlines the theoretical underpinnings, therapy components and empirical support for two evidence-based cognitive behavioral therapies (CBTs): prolonged exposure (PE) and Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT).

This is an interactive learning tool with optional exercises to establish understanding of the therapies. Case examples and audio excerpts of treatment sessions are included to help further understanding of cognitive behavioral therapies.

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Overview of the VA/DoD 2010 Clinical Practice Guideline for PTSD
  • Date Created: 01/20/2012
  • Time to Complete: 1 hour
  • Credits: ANCC, APA, ASWB, CA BBS, ACCME, ACPE
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Course Series: PTSD 101, Clinical Practice Guideline
Author(s):

Matthew J. Friedman, MD PhD

The VA/DoD Clinical Practice Guideline is intended to improve patient outcomes, providing clear and comprehensive evidence-based information and practices.

This course provides an overview of the most recent 2010 VA/DoD Clinical Practice Guideline recommendations for PTSD, including a review of changes from the previous 2004 version. A review of evidence behind psychotherapy and pharmacotherapy practices is included. Recommendations for treating complex co-occurring conditions and symptoms are also addressed.

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Pharmacological Treatment of PTSD and Comorbid Disorders
  • Date Created: 02/17/2012
  • Time to Complete: 1 hour
  • Credits: ANCC, APA, ASWB, CA BBS, ACCME, ACPE
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Course Series: PTSD 101
Author(s):

Matthew J. Friedman, MD PhD

Considerable research has been conducted on the effectiveness of pharmacological interventions for PTSD. This course provides a review of how the human stress system is affected by PTSD, indicating the usefulness of certain medications to address neurobiological alterations in PTSD.

A review of controlled medication trials for PTSD is included. The relative evidence for psychotherapy versus pharmacological interventions is addressed, including current practices for combining treatments and for managing co-occurring conditions.

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Practical PTSD Assessment
  • Date Created: 03/25/2013
  • Time to Complete: 1 hour
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Course Series: PTSD 101
Author(s):

Brian P. Marx, PhD

Psychological assessment involves collecting data from different sources that must be evaluated and integrated. This course provides a practical guide for assessing PTSD. The purpose and importance of screening for PTSD and monitoring symptom change and treatment outcomes are addressed.

The best tools and methods for these purposes, as well as for diagnosing PTSD, are reviewed in regard to sensitivity and specificity.

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Comprehensive Assessment of PTSD
  • Date Created: 04/ 8/2009
  • Time to Complete: 1 hour
  • Credits: ANCC, APA, ASWB, CA BBS
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Course Series: PTSD 101
Author(s):

Terence M. Keane, PhD

There are necessary components for quality PTSD assessments and reports. After providing background information on assessment, this course outlines the appropriate approach and components of an optimal evaluation of a patient for PTSD.

A description of important documents used to gather background or supportive information for the diagnosis of PTSD and report preparation is included. The course concludes with a discussion of the use of neuropsychological assessments and research needs in regard to diagnosing and assessing PTSD.

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Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Date Created: 01/25/2012
  • Time to Complete: 1 hour
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Course Series: PTSD 101
Author(s):

Robin Walser, PhD

Sonja Batten, PhD

Although there is much interest in using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) for PTSD, there is not yet an evidence base to support ACT as a first line treatment. This course provides a thorough review of the state of the evidence about use of ACT for PTSD, addressing the need for further studies. An overview of the theoretical underpinnings and clinical application of ACT as applied to PTSD is included.

This course includes video clips to demonstrate core principles included in ACT for PTSD.

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  • Date Created: 03/13/2014
  • Time to Complete: 9 1-hour trainings
  • Credits: APA, ACCME, Other Orgs
  • Skill Level: Basic
  • Course Series: From the War Zone to the Home Front
Author(s):

Matthew J. Friedman, MD PhD

Naomi Simon, MD MSc

This is the third series in the collaboration between the Home Base Program and the National Center for PTSD. The 2014 program includes nine hour-long lectures, three of which are clinical case presentations. Each week a nationally recognized expert addresses a topic relevant to caring for Veterans and their families of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

Topics include: mental health mobile apps and online tools, student Veterans' health, co-occurring TBI or substance abuse, complementary and alternative treatments for PTSD, female Veterans, and family care. Each lecture can be viewed independently.

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From the War Zone to the Home Front II - 2013
  • Date Created: 11/22/2013
  • Time to Complete: 9 1-hour lectures
  • Credits: APA, ACCME, Other Orgs
  • Skill Level: Basic
  • Course Series: From the War Zone to the Home Front
Author(s):

Matthew J. Friedman, MD PhD

Naomi Simon, MD MSc

From the War Zone to the Home Front Series II (now found together with all sessions from 2012-14) includes a comprehensive look at Veteran suicide, diagnosing and treating co-occurring conditions with PTSD (e.g., traumatic brain injury, substance use disorder), the DSM-5 criteria for PTSD, and other challenges facing returning Veterans and their families.

The 2013 series includes 9 hour-long lectures that are intended for health professionals, social workers, clergy, and other first responders. Each lecture can be viewed independently. This is the second educational series in the collaboration between the Home Base Program and the National Center for PTSD.

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From the War Zone to the Home Front I- 2012
  • Date Created: 11/20/2012
  • Time to Complete: 14 1-hour lectures
  • Credits: APA, ACCME, Other Orgs
  • Skill Level: Basic
  • Course Series: From the War Zone to the Home Front
Author(s):

Matthew J. Friedman, MD PhD

Naomi Simon, MD MSc

This inaugural 2012 series (now found together with all sessions through 2014) includes 14 hour-long lectures that are intended for health professionals, social workers, clergy, and other first responders. Each lecture can be viewed independently.

Nationally recognized faculty with expertise in diagnosing and treating PTSD and TBI address the needs of military families and review how to recognize and treat the emotional stress of spouses, parents, and children of Veterans with PTSD and/or TBI. The Home Base Program in collaboration with the National Center for PTSD, provides this educational series to assist clinicians in the diagnosis and treatment of PTSD and related issues in returning combat Veterans and their families.

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CPTWeb Training Course
  • Date Created: 05/13/2010
  • Time to Complete: 9 hours
  • Credits: APA, CA BBS, NBCC, Other Orgs
  • Skill Level: Intermediate

Learn how to provide Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) to your patients. This training has a particular focus on treatment of military and combat-related PTSD, although the principles and methods work with any type of trauma resulting in PTSD.

The site includes step-by-step instructions for each component of CPT, printable scripts for introducing concepts and techniques to clients, and video demonstrations of therapy procedures conducted by expert clinicians.

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Caring for Returning Veterans Article
  • Date Created: 01/ 2/2013
  • Time to Complete: 1 hour
  • Credits: ACCME
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
Author(s):

Terence M. Keane, PhD

Learn about the mental health needs of returning Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans and their families in this COMMENTARY from The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry.

A panel of experts discusses the challenges for receiving treatment for mental health conditions, including PTSD. Ways that employers and community members can assist are also discussed. The article highlights the importance of information sharing between the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Department of Defense (DOD).

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Course: Conducting Research with Women Veterans
  • Date Created: 10/ 1/2011
  • Time to Complete: 1 hour
  • Skill Level: Basic
Author(s):

Dawne Vogt, PhD

Recognition of the importance of conducting research with women Veterans has increased as the number of women accessing VA health care has increased.

This course addresses the opportunities and challenges associated with conducting research specific to this subpopulation of Veterans. It provides concrete suggestions for study recruitment, research design, analysis, and reporting results with women Veterans. Resources for both VA and Non-VA researchers are offered.

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Psychological First Aid (PFA) Training
  • Date Created: 05/13/2010
  • Time to Complete: 6 hours
  • Credits: APA, CA BBS, ACCME, CA BRN, Other Orgs
  • Skill Level: Intermediate

Learn how to assist people in the immediate aftermath of disaster and terrorism. This course is for individuals new to disaster response who want to learn the core goals of Psychological First Aid (PFA), as well as for experienced practitioners who want a review.

This is a 6-hour interactive course developed by the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) and the National Center for PTSD. The user takes the role of a provider in a post-disaster scene and features include activities, video demonstrations, and mentor tips.

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Skills Training in Affect and Interpersonal Regulation (STAIR)
  • Date Created: 08/30/2013
  • Credits: ANCC, APA, ASWB, CA BBS, ACCME
  • Skill Level: Advanced
  • Course Series: Clinical Skills Training
Author(s):

Marylene Cloitre, PhD

Learn how to provide STAIR to your patients. STAIR is an evidence-based cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) for individuals with PTSD, including chronic and complicated forms as well as for those with PTSD and co-occurring disorders. STAIR includes skill building in emotion management and interpersonal functioning.

This online STAIR training consists of 8 modules covering several core treatment components. STAIR can be provided as a standalone therapy or as a complement to trauma-focused therapies.

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Psychlopedia Article: Working Toether to Address Domestic Violence Among Veterans
  • Date Created: 10/ 1/2013
  • Time to Complete: 0.5 hours
  • Credits: ACCME
  • Skill Level: Basic
Author(s):

Casey Taft, PhD

Learn how to help Veterans and their intimate partners at risk for domestic violence by recognizing risk factors, including PTSD. This Psychlopedia activity from The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry reviews ways to assess for, prevent, and address intimate partner violence in Veterans and their families.

The Strength at Home program for military families struggling with post-deployment conflict, anger, and readjustment issues is described.

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  • Date Created: 11/ 1/2008
  • Time to Complete: 1 hour
  • Credits: ANCC, APA, ASWB, CA BBS, ACCME, CA BRN
  • Skill Level: Basic
  • Course Series: PTSD 101
Author(s):

Robert Jenkins, PhD

As clinicians treat African-American patients with PTSD, it is important they take into account historical, cultural, and society issues as well as personal beliefs that may facilitate and/or hinder the therapeutic process.

This course provides information about African-American cultural history that may impact provider/client relationships during individual and group therapy, including issues of power and privilege, and family relationships. A culture grid is explained to aid the conceptualization of the therapeutic alliance when treating African-Americans with PTSD.

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Aging and PTSD
  • Date Created: 06/16/2011
  • Time to Complete: 1 hour
  • Credits: ANCC, APA, ASWB, CA BBS
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Course Series: PTSD 101
Author(s):

Joan Cook, PhD

Aging Veterans comprise a large part of patient care in the VA. This course reviews literature explaining the prevalence and longitudinal course of PTSD in older adults and describes the potential impact of aging on PTSD. Information about best practices for assessment and treatment of PTSD in older adults in included.

This course presents video clips of older Veterans describing their experiences to illustrate the importance of aging processes in PTSD.

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Anger, Aggression, and PTSD
  • Date Created: 12/27/2011
  • Time to Complete: 1 hour
  • Credits: ANCC, APA, ASWB, CA BBS, NBCC
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Course Series: PTSD 101, Clinical Practice Guideline
Author(s):

Casey Taft, PhD

The 2010 VA/DoD Clinical Practice Guideline for PTSD offers recommendations for treating anger and aggression with PTSD. This course reviews the literature describing the association between anger and aggression with PTSD, outlining additional risk factors (e.g., co-occurring conditions).

After providing assessment tips for addressing problems with anger and aggression, the course presents the clinical recommendations for anger management. A summary of Anger, Aggression, and PTSD: Strength at Home, an anger management intervention for those who have recently engaged in partner violence, is included.

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  • Date Created: 11/ 1/2008
  • Time to Complete: 1 hr
  • Credits: ANCC, APA, ASWB, CA BBS, ACCME, CA BRN
  • Skill Level: Basic
  • Course Series: PTSD 101
Author(s):

Lori Daniels, PhD

Being open and flexible to cross-cultural issues within PTSD care can enhance patient engagement and outcomes. Asian cultures, in particular, have many different sub-cultures within them. This course discusses levels of cultural competence, as well as how mental health treatment is perceived among Hawaiian, Samoan, Chamorran, Chinese, Japanese, and Filipino cultures. Suggestions for building rapport and communication to facilitate sensitivity to cultural norms and values are included.

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Cognitive Processing Therapy
  • Date Created: 11/ 3/2011
  • Time to Complete: 1 hour
  • Credits: ANCC, APA, ASWB, CA BBS
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Course Series: PTSD 101, Clinical Practice Guideline
Author(s):

Kathleen M. Chard, PhD

First line treatment interventions for PTSD are identified based on strong evidence. Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) is one of the trauma-focused therapies recommended. This course summarizes the 2010 VA/DoD Clinical Practice Guideline for PTSD related to CPT, including a review of empirical evidence supporting CPT.

This course includes video clips to illustrate the therapeutic stages and related worksheets for CPT. A case presentation including outcome data is included.

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  • Date Created: 11/ 1/2008
  • Time to Complete: 1 hour
  • Credits: ANCC, ASWB, CA BBS, ACCME, CA BRN
  • Skill Level: Basic
  • Course Series: PTSD 101
Author(s):

William P. Nash, MD

A crucial distinction is made between normal adaptive responses to stress and those that may be symptomatic of something more serious, combat stress injuries.

This course describes major stressors of military deployments and subsequent homecomings, as well as the two main reasons for relatively frequent adverse stress responses during deployment and mental health diagnosis and treatment afterward. After explaining the mechanisms, major components of combat stress injuries are presented, including the biological and psychosocial damage such injuries entail.

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Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) and PTSD
  • Date Created: 12/27/2011
  • Time to Complete: 1 hour
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Course Series: PTSD 101, Clinical Practice Guideline
Author(s):

Stephen Ezeji-Okoye, MD

Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) use is increasing among the US population, including Veterans. After defining CAM, this course reviews the 2010 VA/DoD Clinical Practice Guideline for PTSD recommendations for the use of CAM for PTSD.

A discussion of CAM services offered by VA is included. An evaluation of the research evidence behind CAM use for PTSD differentiates between most studied CAM modalities and summarizes usage and special consideration recommendations.

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Couples and PTSD
  • Date Created: 09/15/2010
  • Time to Complete: 1 hour
  • Credits: ANCC, APA, ASWB, CA BBS
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Course Series: PTSD 101
Author(s):

Candice Monson, PhD

Epidemiological research has established an association between PTSD and intimate relationship problems. After reviewing the evidence establishing this relationship, this course explains the rationale and methods for including partners in the assessment of PTSD and relationship functioning. Different methods of incorporating significant others in PTSD treatment are also reviewed.

This course includes video clips to exemplify skills and strategies included in used in cognitive-behavioral conjoint therapy (CBCT) for PTSD.

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  • Date Created: 11/ 1/2008
  • Time to Complete: 1 hr
  • Credits: ANCC, APA, ASWB, CA BBS, ACCME, CA BRN
  • Skill Level: Basic
  • Course Series: PTSD 101
Author(s):

Julia M. Whealin, PhD

Types of severe stressors, as well as interpretations of and reactions to those stressors vary by culture. This course is a basic introduction to cross-cultural issues for providers who work with individuals after trauma. After defining culture, the discussion highlights how shared learned behavior and socially transferred meanings result in culturally-based assumptions about mental health. Strategies for modifying and/or augmenting assessment and treatment methods for cross-cultural clients are included.

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Epidemiology of PTSD
  • Date Created: 09/15/2010
  • Time to Complete: 1 hour
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Course Series: PTSD 101
Author(s):

Paula P. Schnurr, PhD

Jaimie L. Gradus, DSc

Understanding the prevalence of PTSD has changed how DoD and VA allocate resources and offer services to Veterans. After explaining key epidemiologic concepts (e.g., sample and population, incidence and prevalence), this course describes factors that influence prevalence estimates in a given sample.

An example walkthrough is included to illustrate key concepts. Key studies are used to evaluate prevalence estimates for PTSD in civilian and Veteran populations.

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Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) & Stress Inoculation Training (SIT)
  • Date Created: 04/11/2012
  • Time to Complete: 1 hour
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Course Series: PTSD 101, Clinical Practice Guideline
Author(s):

Josef I. Ruzek, PhD

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), a trauma-focused psychotherapy, and Stress Inoculation Training (SIT) are among the psychotherapies receiving the highest level of recommendation in the 2010 VA/DoD Clinical Practice Guideline for PTSD.

This course summarizes the 2010 VA/DoD Clinical Practice Guideline for both therapies, reviews the treatment strategies, and describes the research evidence supporting use for PTSD.

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Functional Impairment and PTSD
  • Date Created: 06/15/2012
  • Time to Complete: 1 hour
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Course Series: PTSD 101, Clinical Practice Guideline
Author(s):

Brian P. Marx, PhD

The extent to which one's PTSD is related to functional impairment has direct implications for both assessment and treatment decisions. This course helps providers understand how PTSD impacts quality of life and examines measures that assess psychosocial functioning among those with PTSD.

The 2010 VA/DoD Clinical Practice Guideline recommendations for assessing PTSD-related functional impairment are also included. This course includes a case example to illustrate types of functional impairment and the importance of functioning.

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Group Treatment for PTSD
  • Date Created: 05/23/2012
  • Time to Complete: 1 hour
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Course Series: PTSD 101, Clinical Practice Guideline
Author(s):

Denise M. Sloan, PhD

Tracie Shea, PhD

Providing group therapy for PTSD has practical and therapeutic advantages, but also potential disadvantages. This course provides a synthesis of research support for group therapy, including a review of important methodological factors to consider when evaluating clinical trial research on group treatment for PTSD.

A review of the 2010 VA/DoD Clinical Practice Guideline for PTSD recommendations for the clinical application of group therapy for PTSD is included, and different formats (e.g., size, focus, goals) for group therapy are discussed.

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Increasing the Effectiveness of Evidence-Based Treatments for PTSD
  • Date Created: 05/11/2010
  • Time to Complete: 1 hour
  • Credits: ANCC, APA, ASWB, CA BBS, CA BRN
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Course Series: PTSD 101
Author(s):

Kathleen M. Chard, PhD

Research has shown that cognitive behavioral therapies (CBT) have consistently been proven as effective treatments for PTSD. This course addresses how to increase the effectiveness of evidence-based treatments for PTSD, particularly in difficult cases and situations. The importance of assessment to enhance therapy, potential treatment-interfering behaviors, and strategies for managing complex cases are included.

This is an interactive course with case examples to help further understanding of best practices for increasing effectiveness of PTSD treatments.

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Managing PTSD and Co-Occurring Substance Use Disorders
  • Date Created: 05/23/2012
  • Time to Complete: 1 hour
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Course Series: PTSD 101, Clinical Practice Guideline
Author(s):

Daniel Kivlahan, PhD

Debra Kaysen, PhD

The co-occurrence of PTSD and substance use disorders (SUD) is well-documented. This course reviews the evidence of co-occurring PTSD and SUD and identifies key recommendations for integrated psychotherapy and pharmacotherapy treatment of SUD and PTSD from the 2010 VA/DoD Clinical Practice Guideline.

Measures and methods for treatment monitoring related to PTSD and SUD are discussed. The course includes a discussion of the potential barrier of substance use within PTSD treatment, illustrating methods for addressing this situation.

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Military Sexual Trauma
  • Date Created: 10/21/2009
  • Time to Complete: 1 hour
  • Credits: ANCC, APA, ASWB, CA BBS
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Course Series: PTSD 101
Author(s):

Amy Street, PhD

Military sexual trauma (MST) is a growing area of research and clinical importance. This course defines terms used to describe sexual harassment and sexual assault in the military and reports estimates of the frequencies of these events among men and women in military settings.

The mental health impact of MST, including PTSD, is discussed to frame implications for assessment and treatment. This course provides information that may be applicable to non-military sexual trauma as well.

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Neuropsychiatry of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
  • Date Created: 04/ 8/2009
  • Time to Complete: 1 hour
  • Credits: ANCC, APA, ASWB, CA BBS
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Course Series: PTSD 101
Author(s):

Robin A. Hurley, MD, FANPA

Conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan highlight the co-occurrence of mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) and PTSD. This course describes the neuropsychiatry of TBI, including functional anatomy of emotion, memory and behavior circuits and functional deficits in civilian brain injury. Current assessment and treatment advice is discussed, along with suggestions for future research initiatives.

This course includes graphics and figures to present information on neuropsychiatry and depict traumatic brain injuries.

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Overcoming Barriers to PTSD Treatment Engagement
  • Date Created: 11/ 1/2008
  • Time to Complete: 1 hour
  • Credits: ANCC, ASWB, CA BBS, ACCME, CA BRN
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Course Series: PTSD 101
Author(s):

Craig Rosen, PhD

Ronald Murphy, PhD

There are barriers to PTSD treatment that you can do something about as a provider. This course reviews strategies for improving PTSD patients’ motivation to engage in treatment and to change long-standing maladaptive ways of coping with PTSD symptoms.

Topics reviewed include: behaviors that PTSD patients are often ambivalent about changing, treatment-related beliefs (fears and expectancies), roadblocks to admitting need to change, therapeutic alliance factors, and an overview of conducting a PTSD motivation enhancement group.

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  • Date Created: 02/14/2014
  • Time to Complete: 1 hour
  • Skill Level: Basic
  • Course Series: PTSD 101
Author(s):

Jessica Hamblen, PhD

PTSD is distinguished from other psychiatric disorders in that there is a known etiological component: an event that involves life threat, serious injury, or death. This course provides a detailed description of the DSM-5 diagnostic criteria, risk factors, and evidence-based treatments for PTSD.

The course includes videos of Veterans with PTSD describing their symptoms and clinicans explaining Prolonged Exposure (PE) Therapy and Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT).

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  • Date Created: 02/21/2012
  • Time to Complete: 1 hour
  • Credits: ANCC, APA, ASWB, CA BBS, ACCME, ACPE
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Course Series: PTSD 101
Author(s):

Carri-Ann Gibson, MD, DAAPM

As military medicine advances, more soldiers are surviving major combat injuries. This course discusses the complex interaction and symptom overlap of chronic pain and PTSD, with a special focus on Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans.

A review of the 2010 VA/DoD Clinical Practice Guideline recommendations for treatment of pain in Veterans with PTSD is included. After describing the risks and benefits of opioid pain management, the course identifies effective psychotherapy and pharmacological treatment approaches to enhance the recovery of Veterans who have both chronic pain and PTSD.

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  • Date Created: 11/ 1/2008
  • Time to Complete: 1 hour
  • Credits: ANCC, APA, ASWB, CA BBS, CA BRN
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Course Series: PTSD 101
Author(s):

Paula P. Schnurr, PhD

Traumatic exposure can affect many aspects of a person’s well-being and functioning, including physical health. This course illustrates how reaction to a traumatic event, particularly PTSD, mediates the effect of exposure and explains plausible direct and indirect mechanisms through which PTSD could promote poor health. A review of research findings related to the effects of traumatic exposure on the health of civilians and Veterans is included.

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Prolonged Exposure Therapy
  • Date Created: 01/20/2012
  • Time to Complete: 1 hour
  • Credits: ANCC, APA, ASWB, CA BBS, ACCME
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Course Series: PTSD 101, Clinical Practice Guideline
Author(s):

Sheila Rauch, PhD

Several interventions for PTSD are supported as first line treatment, including Prolonged Exposure (PE). This course summarizes the 2010 VA/DoD Clinical Practice Guideline for PTSD related to Prolonged Exposure, including a review of empirical evidence supporting this psychotherapy.

Treatment structure and overview for PE is explained and types of exposure are reviewed in detail. This course includes video clips to illustrate different stages of PE treatment.

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Recommendations for Acute Stress Management and Prevention of PTSD
  • Date Created: 05/27/2011
  • Time to Complete: 1 hour
  • Credits: ANCC, APA, ASWB, CA BBS
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Course Series: PTSD 101, Clinical Practice Guideline
Author(s):

Patricia Watson, PhD

Interventions immediately following trauma provide protection, safety, comfort and basic needs, including Psychological First Aid. This course summarizes the recommendations for acute stress management and prevention of PTSD in the 2010 VA/DoD Clinical Practice Guideline for PTSD.

Evidence-informed principles underlying the intervention strategies of Psychological First Aid and Stress First Aid are reviewed, as well as the basic objectives and intervention strategies for each.

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Resilience to Stress and Trauma
  • Date Created: 09/19/2011
  • Time to Complete: 1 hr
  • Credits: ANCC, APA, ASWB, CA BBS
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Course Series: PTSD 101
Author(s):

Steven Southwick, MD

Resilience is a complex construct that is both multidimensional and dynamic. After defining resilience and discussing measurement of the construct, this course reviews the scientific literature related to mediators and moderators of trauma and resilience.

The focus is on both neurobiological and psychosocial factors. Clinical applications of resilience and posttraumatic growth are described, including a discussion of interventions for pre- and post-trauma.

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Sleep Problems, Insomnia, and PTSD
  • Date Created: 04/12/2012
  • Time to Complete: 1 hr
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Course Series: PTSD 101, Clinical Practice Guideline
Author(s):

Bruce Capehart, MD, MBA

Jason DeViva, PhD

Sleep problems are very common with PTSD. This course describes co-occurring conditions and primary sleep disorders that affect sleep in Veterans with PTSD.

After reviewing the 2010 VA/DoD Clinical Practice Guideline recommendations for medical management of insomnia with PTSD, the evidence base for three pharmacotherapies and three psychotherapies to manage sleep problems related to PTSD are described. A general approach for evaluating causes of insomnia with PTSD is presented, outlining relevant treatment recommendations within the assessment process.

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Smoking Cessation: Integrated Care Model for Smokers with PTSD
  • Date Created: 06/24/2010
  • Time to Complete: 1 hour
  • Credits: ANCC, APA, ASWB, ACCME, CA BRN, NBCC
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Course Series: PTSD 101
Author(s):

Miles McFall, PhD

Andrew J. Saxon, MD

Tobacco dependence disorder remains a public health problem and a disproportionally high prevalence of smoking exists among people with mental health problems, including PTSD. This course provides a rationale for tobacco cessation as a health care priority for Veterans with PTSD.

A review of the rationale and evidence for integrating smoking cessation interventions into PTSD treatments is included to frame a discussion of the psychological and pharmacological interventions used to best target smoking cessation.

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  • Date Created: 11/ 1/2008
  • Time to Complete: 1 hour
  • Credits: ANCC, APA, ASWB, CA BBS, ACCME, CA BRN
  • Skill Level: Basic
  • Course Series: PTSD 101
Author(s):

Diane T. Castillo, PhD

Hispanic culture describes a diverse group of people with origins in Spanish speaking cultures. After a brief review of the DSM-IV PTSD symptoms, this course presents an overview of considerations for providers working with Hispanic clients. Using case examples, the role of salient features and frequently encountered themes of Hispanic culture, such as primary/secondary language and family, are illustrated to frame assessment and treatment issues when providing PTSD services to male and female Hispanic clients.

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Understanding Military Culture
  • Date Created: 12/16/2009
  • Time to Complete: 1 hour
  • Credits: ANCC, APA, ASWB, CA BBS
  • Skill Level: Basic
  • Course Series: PTSD 101
Author(s):

Patricia Watson, PhD

Understanding the context of military culture is important when treating Veterans. This course presents important information regarding military demographics, branches, rank, status, and specific stressors in the military.

Two Department of Defense programs to help service members prevent and manage combat and operational stress are described, framing assessment and treatment implications for clinicians within the VA.

This course offers useful terminology, interactive exercises and graphics to help explain military culture.

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