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Addressing Traumatic Guilt in PTSD Treatment


Continuing Education

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

Addressing Traumatic Guilt in PTSD Treatment

  • Date Created: 08/ 1/2014
  • Time to Complete: 1 hour
  • Credits: APA, ASWB, Other Orgs
  • Skill Level: Advanced
  • Course Series: PTSD 101

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Addressing Traumatic Guilt in PTSD Treatment Author(s):

Sonya Norman, PhD

Carie Rodgers, PhD, ABPP


Guilt is common following trauma and is sometimes challenging to treat. The course, Addressing Traumatic Guilt in PTSD Treatment, explains the relationship between trauma and guilt and reviews how to assess traumatic guilt.

The authors describe treatment considerations for guilt in prolonged exposure (PE) therapy and Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT). Viewers are assumed to have familiarity with PE and CPT. This course includes video clips of patients and family members describing their experiences with guilt and PTSD.

Goals and Objectives

  • Describe the relationship between guilt and trauma and explain how to assess traumatic guilt
  • Understand how guilt can be addressed in prolonged exposure (PE) therapy
  • Understand how guilt can be addressed in Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT)

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