Continuing Education - PTSD: National Center for PTSD
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Continuing Education

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

Learn from the experts and get CE/CME Credit!

Research-based courses at your convenience (24/7).

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  • Date Created: 07/28/2020
  • Time to Complete: .5 hours
  • Credits: ANCC, ACCME, Other Orgs
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Course Series: Clinical Skills Training

This 0.5-hour accredited course was designed to provide community medical professionals with brief training on key information related to the care of Veterans who experienced military sexual trauma (MST), which is associated with both physical and mental health conditions.

The goal of the course is to help you enhance patient care by reviewing the specific health care needs of MST survivors and by highlighting strategies to improve patient-provider communication. Links to key resources to help you in your practice are included.

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  • Date Created: 07/30/2020
  • Time to Complete: 1.5 hours
  • Credits: ANCC, APA, ASWB, ACCME, NBCC, Other Orgs
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Course Series: Clinical Skills Training

This 1.5-hour accredited course was designed to provide community mental health providers with training on key information related to the care of Veterans who experienced military sexual trauma (MST), which is associated with both physical and mental health conditions.

The goal of this course is to help you enhance mental health care by reviewing the specific health care needs of MST survivors and by highlighting strategies to improve assessment, treatment and patient-provider communication. This course also includes interactive exercises and videos to help you better understand the impact of MST and links to key resources.

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  • Date Created: 07/ 1/2020
  • Time to Complete: 3 hours
  • Credits: ANCC, APA, ASWB, ACCME, NBCC, Other Orgs
  • Skill Level: Basic

This three-hour accredited course is appropriate for all community providers treating Veterans with PTSD. Learn about PTSD diagnosis and treatment, clinical considerations for PTSD and co-occurring conditions and access resources that community providers can use in their work with Veterans.

The course includes interviews with Veterans describing PTSD symptoms and brief documentaries on the most highly recommended trauma-focused psychotherapies for PTSD in the VA/DoD Clinical Practice Guideline. It was developed under the auspices of the MISSION Act.

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  • Date Created: 05/14/2020
  • Time to Complete: 1 hour
  • Credits: ANCC, APA, ASWB, ACCME, NBCC, Other Orgs
  • Skill Level: Basic
  • Course Series: Clinical Skills Training

Mobile mental health apps have been available from the National Center for PTSD since 2011, yet uptake among VA providers is inconsistent. This course aims to increase provider familiarity with, understanding of and use of available apps to supplement care for Veterans with PTSD and related concerns.

This training demonstrates the clinical integration of mobile apps into mental health care. Videos discuss security and privacy, informed consent and integration into medical records and ways to collaborate with family members to support Veterans' treatment goals.

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  • Date Created: 02/10/2020
  • Time to Complete: 1 hour
  • Credits: ANCC, APA, ASWB, ACCME, ACPE, Other Orgs
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Course Series: PTSD 101, Clinical Skills Training

Telemental health (TMH) technology can be used to address common barriers to care for Veterans with PTSD, such as distance, scarcity of trained providers and stigma. Flexible models of care that utilize technology, such as home-based clinical video teleconferencing (CVT), are a viable solution.

This course will describe how CVT can be used to deliver evidence-based treatment for PTSD. Research updates and clinical benefits of telemental health for PTSD will be discussed.

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  • Date Created: 07/ 1/2020
  • Time to Complete: 1 hour
  • Credits: ANCC, APA, ASWB, ACCME, Other Orgs
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Course Series: PTSD 101

Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) is recommended as a first-line treatment for PTSD in numerous clinical practice guidelines, including the revised (2017) VA/DoD guideline. This course reviews evidence for various CPT modalities—including CPT with and without a written account, group and individual formats, and with people who have co-occurring conditions.

Pretreatment assessment issues are discussed along with examples of how to describe CPT to potential clients. Using patient videos, the course provides a session overview of CPT, offering illustrations of how to facilitate processing the trauma and challenge inaccurate thoughts.

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  • Date Created: 07/ 1/2020
  • Time to Complete: 1 hour
  • Credits: ANCC, APA, ASWB, ACCME, Other Orgs
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Course Series: PTSD 101

Prolonged Exposure (PE) is recommended as a first-line treatment for PTSD in numerous guidelines, including the revised (2017) VA/DoD guideline. This course reviews evidence supporting PE, emotional processing theory and the mechanisms of PE, and use of PE with patients who have co-occurring conditions.

Using patient and provider videos, this course provides a session overview of PE including in vivo exposure, imaginal exposure and processing examples.

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PTSD SUD comorbidity
  • Date Created: 06/30/2020
  • Time to Complete: 1 hour
  • Credits: ANCC, APA, ASWB, ACCME, Other Orgs
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Course Series: PTSD 101

PTSD and substance use disorders (SUDs) are very common co-occurring conditions, with each diagnosis increasing the risk for having the other. This comorbidity is associated with a number of complications, including worse treatment outcomes.

This course reviews the treatment research for concurrent PTSD and SUD, including future directions, and reviews the revised (2017) VA/DoD Clinical Practice Guideline recommendations for both PTSD and SUD. The authors describe how to use shared decision-making and other patient-centered strategies to promote engagement and retention in treatment.

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