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.

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  • Date Created: 07/27/2022
  • Time to Complete: 1 hour
  • Credits: ANCC, APA, ASWB, ACCME, NBCC, Other Orgs
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Course Series: PTSD 101, PTSD Consultation Lecture Series

Including family members in a Veteran's course of PTSD treatment may be beneficial. However, it is relatively rare for Veterans to have one or more family-inclusive sessions during their PTSD treatment.

This course provides information from the perspectives of Veterans, family members and VA clinicians regarding family-inclusive care. The author discusses Veterans' and family members' goals for family-inclusive PTSD treatment. Providers' views are also described, including discussion of commonly cited barriers. The course offers advice about how and when to discuss family involvement in care and outlines brief protocols that have been developed specifically for Veterans and their loved ones.

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  • Date Created: 07/15/2022
  • Time to Complete: 1 hour
  • Credits: ANCC, APA, ASWB, ACCME, NBCC, Other Orgs
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Course Series: PTSD 101, PTSD Consultation Lecture Series

Most individuals with PTSD have additional mental health diagnoses which may impact treatment planning. A common question is whether PTSD and co-occurring conditions should be treated concurrently or sequentially. In addition, the presence of comorbidities may raise questions as to how well complex clients can handle evidence-based treatment for PTSD in which trauma processing is required.

This course reviews the research evidence and recommendations from clinical practice guidelines regarding best treatment practices for PTSD when comorbidities are present. Both psychotherapy and pharmacological treatments are discussed as well as assessment strategies and potential complications that may accompany comorbidities. The authors focus on some of the most common co-occurring conditions.

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  • Date Created: 07/ 6/2022
  • Time to Complete: 1 hour
  • Credits: ANCC, APA, ASWB, ACCME, NBCC, Other Orgs
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Course Series: PTSD 101, PTSD Consultation Lecture Series

First-line, evidence-based treatments for PTSD have been successfully implemented in low-income samples and with persons of color. However, cultural and systemic factors may interfere with effective treatment delivery.

This course describes several culturally-responsive strategies to consider when conducting Prolonged Exposure (PE) or Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) with Latinx patients to improve clinical outcomes, such as building trust and rapport, conducting culturally-informed assessment, psychoeducation, optimizing exposures, challenging beliefs with cultural humility, and problem-solving common barriers to treatment engagement.

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Compensatory Cognitive Training and CogSMART
  • Date Created: 06/28/2022
  • Time to Complete: 1 hour
  • Credits: ANCC, APA, ASWB, ACCME, NBCC, Other Orgs
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Course Series: PTSD 101, PTSD Consultation Lecture Series

Trauma is related to neuropsychiatric conditions that result in cognitive dysfunction, which can lead to functional impairment, disability and poor quality of life. This course describes Compensatory Cognitive Training (CCT) and Cognitive Symptom Management and Rehabilitation Therapy (CogSMART) for individuals with neuropsychiatric conditions, including traumatic brain injuries (TBI) and PTSD.

This course describes CCT and CogSMART strategies to improve cognitive functioning. The presenter reviews research findings, demonstrates key components of the interventions, and discusses clinical aspects of intervention delivery.

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PTSD Information Voice Mail: (802) 296-6300
Email: ncptsd@va.gov
Also see: VA Mental Health