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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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  • Time to Complete: 5 1-hour modules
  • Credits: ANCC, APA, ASWB, CA BBS, ACCME, ACPE, NBCC
  • Skill Level: Intermediate

One of the most common complaints among those with PTSD is sleep disturbance. Sleep problems may lead to exacerbation of PTSD and other comorbid symptoms. This course provides information on PTSD and sleep problems, the advantages and disadvantages of pharmacological and cognitive behavioral interventions, and different ways these interventions can be implemented.

This course includes videos that demonstrate assessment of sleep-related problems and the tools included in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia.

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  • Time to Complete: 4 hours
  • Credits: APA, ASWB, ACCME, Other Orgs
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Course Series: Clinical Skills Training

Chain analysis is a method of assessment that can be used collaboratively by a therapist together with a client. It helps to unpack what thoughts, feelings, sensations, and prompting factors lead to problem behaviors and or consequences for the client following traumatic events.

It can be particularly helpful in determining specific targets to focus on in order to improve negative behaviors that result. In addition, chain analysis can also be used to help a therapist choose an overall intervention or treatment approach for a client and to build a case formulation.

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  • Time to Complete: 4.5 hours
  • Credits: APA, ASWB, Other Orgs
  • Skill Level: Advanced

The CAPS-5 is considered the "gold standard" for PTSD assessment and diagnosis, and has been updated to correlate with DSM-5 diagnostic criteria. CAPS-5 revisions aimed to streamline administration and scoring, and a psychometric study has shown that the CAPS-5 is reliable and valid.

This course allows you to score along during a video of experts conducting assessments with the CAPS-5. Expert tips and feedback are provided throughout the course. Clinicians have the opportunity to learn advanced interview skills for using the CAPS-5 in complex and challenging clinical situations.

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  • Time to Complete: 1 hour
  • Credits: APA, ASWB, NBCC, Other Orgs
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Course Series: PTSD 101

PTSD can impact the quality of family and social relationships. Research indicates that some Veterans desire family involvement in their treatment for PTSD due to this impact.

This course provides an overview of Cognitive Behavioral Conjoint Therapy (CBCT) for PTSD, an evidence-based approach for treating PTSD that includes a family member in treatment. The course reviews the therapy sessions of CBCT as well as research findings that support how this treatment can help Veterans with PTSD.

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  • Time to Complete: 1.5 hours
  • Credits: ANCC, ASWB, CA BBS, ACCME, NBCC
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Course Series: PTSD 101

Experiences of sexual harassment and sexual assault during military service, referred to as military sexual trauma (MST), are associated with a variety of mental health conditions, including posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

This course discusses best-practice recommendations for sensitively asking about MST experiences and responding to disclosures. Treatment of MST-related PTSD and other mental health difficulties is discussed. A video of providers sharing insights and strategies is also included. No prior knowledge of MST is required.

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  • Time to Complete: 1 hour
  • Credits: APA, ASWB, NBCC, Other Orgs
  • Skill Level: Basic
  • Course Series: PTSD 101

Clinical practice guidelines for the treatment of PTSD support the use of shared decision making. However, few providers receive training on how to collaborate with patients around health care decisions.

This course introduces providers to a practical model of shared decision making that can be used in clinical practice with PTSD patients. The course includes an overview of research highlighting the potential benefits of shared decision making for PTSD treatment as well as behavioral examples of how clinicians can engage in each step of this model.

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