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!

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  • Date Created: 03/28/2019
  • Time to Complete: 1 hour
  • Credits: ANCC, APA, ASWB, ACCME, Other Orgs
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Course Series: PTSD 101, Clinical Practice Guideline

Being able to treat Veterans with PTSD in primary care increases the likelihood that they will engage in treatment that helps. The VA/DoD Clinical Practice Guideline for PTSD was revised in 2017 with implications for primary care providers, including medical and mental health practitioners.

This course reviews the PTSD assessment and treatment recommendations relevant for primary care providers and describes resources available to support their work screening and treating Veterans with PTSD.

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  • Date Created: 03/27/2019
  • Time to Complete: 1 hour
  • Credits: ANCC, APA, ASWB, ACCME, Other Orgs
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Course Series: PTSD 101, Clinical Practice Guideline

The VA/DoD Clinical Practice Guideline for PTSD was revised in 2017 with changes that impact the clinical care of Veterans. Currently, the evidence is clear that trauma-focused psychotherapy is more effective than medication for treating PTSD.

This course reviews the PTSD treatment recommendations related to medication, highlighting revisions from the previous edition of the guideline.

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  • Date Created: 03/29/2019
  • Time to Complete: 1 hour
  • Credits: ANCC, APA, ASWB, ACCME, Other Orgs
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Course Series: PTSD 101, Clinical Practice Guideline

The VA/DoD Clinical Practice Guideline for PTSD was revised in 2017 with changes that impact the clinical care of Veterans. Current evidence supports trauma-focused psychotherapy as the most effective treatment for PTSD.

This course reviews the PTSD treatment recommendations related to psychotherapy, including the use of shared decision making and clinical implications.

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  • Date Created: 03/29/2019
  • Time to Complete: 1 hour
  • Credits: ANCC, APA, ASWB, ACCME, Other Orgs
  • Skill Level: Advanced
  • Course Series: PTSD 101

Co-occurring PTSD and psychotic spectrum disorders present unique barriers for providers. This course reviews PTSD assessment and collaborative treatment planning for patients with psychosis. Implementation considerations for evidence-based PTSD treatments are also reviewed.

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  • Date Created: 03/21/2019
  • Time to Complete: 1 hour
  • Credits: APA, ASWB, NBCC, Other Orgs
  • Skill Level: Advanced
  • Course Series: PTSD 101

The effective treatment of PTSD is limited by the small number of validated pharmacotherapy options. Deeper understanding of the neurobiology of PTSD is informing the development of new medication strategies.

This course describes the disturbances in brain noradrenaline signaling and alterations in serotonin to explain links to the effectiveness of antidepressants used for PTSD. The role of glutamate systems in brain neuroplasticity is explained to introduce the potential of new medication development. Finally, the course describes the rapid-acting antidepressant effects of the NMDA glutamate receptor antagonist, ketamine, and its application to PTSD treatment.

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  • Date Created: 11/14/2017
  • 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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  • Date Created: 03/21/2019
  • Time to Complete: 1 hour
  • Credits: APA, ASWB, ACPE, NBCC, Other Orgs
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Course Series: PTSD 101

PTSD is a well-established risk factor for suicidal behavior. Myths and misconceptions about suicide exist among clinicians. In light of these myths and misconceptions, many clinicians are reluctant to provide empirically-supported treatments to patients with PTSD who also report suicidal thoughts and/or a history of suicidal behaviors.

This course reviews data that supports the safe and effective treatment of PTSD among those with suicide risk. The course describes recommendation for empirically-supported trauma therapies to treat suicidal patients with PTSD.

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